Watching porn does not cause negative attitudes to women, study finds

Applesauce and the Box of Playboys

And next you’re going to tell me that first person shooter games don’t create violent madmen?!

Researchers at Canada’s Western University have found that”on average, porn-watchers expressed more positive attitudes towards women in positions of power.” To be honest, this doesn’t really surprise me.

Alexandra Sims reports at The Independent:

The average porn user may have more egalitarian views towards women than non-users, a contentious new study has suggested.

Researchers at Western University in Canada have even argued that many pornography fans might be “useful allies” in women’s struggles for equality in the workplace and in public office.

Taylor Kohut, the study leader and a post-doctoral fellow in psychology, analysed data from 35 years of the General Social Survey, a US government-funded project that interviews around 24,000 men and women a year about a variety of issues.

They reported in the Journal of Sex Research that the 23 per cent of people who said they had watched an “X-rated” film during the previous year were no more or less likely to identify as feminists than those who did not watch porn.

They also found that, on average, porn-watchers expressed more positive attitudes towards women in positions of power, as well as less negative attitudes towards abortion and women in the workforce.

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