Porn causes men to support gay marriage, says US sociologist

A US Christian Sociologist claimed that watching porn is responsible for increased support of marriage equality 

Porn causes men to support gay marriage, says US sociologist
25 December 2012 Print This Article

Mark Regnerus, an associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas, claimed that watching porn makes straight men support marriage equality.

Regnerus made these claims in an article published late last week on the Witherspoon Institute site, a Christian organization with strong links the Family Research Council, a group well known to promote discredited anti-gay ‘research’.

He stated that ‘contrary to what we might wish to think, young adult men’s support for redefining marriage may not be entirely the product of ideals about expansive freedoms, rights, liberties, and a noble commitment to fairness’.

Rather, ‘it may be, at least in part, a by-product of regular exposure to diverse and graphic sex acts’.

He therefore argued that porn confuses men about sex as means for procreation as it ‘redirects sex — by graphic depiction of it — away from any sense of it as a baby-making activity. Porn also undermines the concept that in the act of sexual intercourse, we share our body and whole self … permanently and exclusively’.

Regnerus reveals that ‘of the men who view pornographic material “every day or almost every day”, 54 percent “strongly agreed” that gay and lesbian marriage should be legal, compared with around 13 percent of those whose porn-use patterns were either monthly or less often than that’.

He therefore concluded: ‘On the contrary, it reinforces the idea that people can share their bodies but not their inmost selves, and that they can do so temporarily and (definitely) not exclusively without harm’.

In other words, Regnerus claimed that repeated exposure to porn ‘reinforces’ the idea that sex is divorced from marriage and its function of procreation leading men to think gay marriage is acceptable.

To Regnerus the increasing support for marriage equality in the USA, is in part, due to watching porn rather than understanding that its ban is a denial of equality and civil liberties.

He also added: ‘The same pattern emerges for the statement, "Gay and lesbian couples do just as good a job raising children as heterosexual couples”. Only 26 percent of the lightest porn users concurred, compared to 63 percent of the heaviest consumers.

‘It’s a linear association for men: the more porn they consume, the more they affirm this statement. More rigorous statistical tests confirmed that this association too is a very robust one’.

Dan Avery commented on Queerty that the sample in Regnerus’s ‘study’ by definition is flawed: ‘Because men who acknowledge they look at porn are honest. And they’re less judgmental. They accept than humans are sexual beings with natural urges they can’t just wish away.

‘Which would make them more the kind of guys to support marriage equality—and not.say, expect gay men to magically turn straight’.

Regnerus, a Christian Sociologist, has been overwhelmingly criticised when he published a widely discredited study earlier this year that alleged children of gay parents are worse off than those of straight ones.

The University of Texas continues to support his ‘research’ despite it being widely discredited.

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