Skip to comments.Study: Habitual porn users more likely to support same-sex 'marriage'
Posted on 02/05/2013 3:20:17 PM PST by Morgana
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 5, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) A new study soon to be published has found that men who watch the most online pornography are significantly more likely to support same-sex marriage.
Our study suggests that the more heterosexual men especially less educated heterosexual men watch pornography, the more supportive they become of same-sex marriage, Indiana University Assistant Professor Paul Wright told The Washington Examiner.
Pornography adopts an individualistic, non-judgmental stance on all kinds of non-traditional sexual behaviours and same-sex marriage attitudes are strongly linked to attitudes about same-sex sex.
If people think individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether to have same-sex sex, they will also think that individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether to get married to a partner of the same-sex.
A review of 500 men over six years found that pornography consumption did prospectively predict support for same-sex marriage, according to an abstract of the article, which is soon to be published in the journal Communication Research.
Since a portion of individuals' sexual attitudes come from the media they consume, it makes sense that pornography viewers would have more positive attitudes towards same-sex marriage, Wright said.
University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus first mentioned the link between porn and gay "marriage" last December in The Public Discourse. Surveys from Regnerus' New Family Structures Study showed that 54 percent of men aged 23-39 who watched porn every day or almost every day strongly agreed that gay and lesbian marriage should be legal.
A mere 13 percent of those who viewed explicit material monthly or even less often shared those views.
Heavy viewers of pornography were also far more likely to believe marriage is an outdated institution and that homosexuals parent as well as heterosexuals. Some 63 percent of heavy users agreed with the latter statement, versus 26 percent of the lightest consumers.
Psychologists have turned an increasingly critical eye toward the role pornography plays in relationships and society. Studies show continued exposure to porn can literally rewire the brain.
Upon hearing of the new study, Regnerus blogged, Despite the negative press I get, friends, rest assured: Im not making this stuff up!
No one has questioned the competence of the new study. Researcher Paul Wright has written extensively about pornography and sexual relationships. Ashley K. Randall, a former Fulbright scholar, studies the effects of stress on romantic relationships.
Both used data gathered over a five-year period by National Science Foundation grant recipients.
The National Science Foundation could be the subject of one of its own studies. In 2010, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-NE, revealed that some NSF employees spent as much as 20 percent of their workday viewing pornography.
In the end, contrary to what we might wish to think, young adult mens support for redefining marriage may not be entirely the product of ideals about expansive freedoms, rights, liberties, and a noble commitment to fairness, Regnerus wrote. It may be, at least in part, a byproduct of regular exposure to diverse and graphic sex acts.
Wright and Randall's study also found exposure to the university environment also increased support for redefining marriage. Education was also positively associated with support for same-sex marriage, according to the article's abstract.
“showed that 54 percent of men aged 23-39 who watched porn every day or almost every day strongly agreed that gay and lesbian marriage should be legal.”
Supporting gay marriage may be the least of their problems.
It is all very libertarian.
Does this mean that Congressman Anthony Weiner might marry a man and wont be embarrassed? wait? is he married?
They probably support lesbian marriage and want to join in.
They also have worse eyesight.
So is marrying animals and mannequins.
Okay... The obvious conclusion is that Democrats sit around watching porn and playing with themselves.
And this is news why..?
In the language of statistical studies, did they control for the type of porn being watched?
er, um.....ah....well, you know.
Gay men are big consumers of...gay porno. So big surprise that if a large contingent of "porno viewers" support gay marriage, maybe it's because they happen, just happen to be...gay.
Porn, homosexuality, fornication, adultery, abortions. They all go together like a carriage and horses.
I think this is a dumb article unless it specifies what kind of porn. Guys watching gay porn probably do support same-sex marriage. Straight porn probably doesn’t change much at all.