Porn makes straight men more likely to support gay marriage

Scientists believe pornography opens up the mind to accepting 'non-traditional' sexual situations, like gay sex

Porn makes straight men more likely to support gay marriage
05 February 2013

A new in-depth study has found the more straight men watch pornography, the more they warm to marriage equality.

Scientists believe the reason is porn opens up the mind to accepting non-traditional sexual situations, like gay sex.

Writing in the Communication Research journal, Indiana University Assistant Professor Paul Wright said: ‘Pornography adopts an individualistic, non-judgmental stance on all kinds of non-traditional sexual behaviors 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.’

He added: ‘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.’

The authors suggested that since lesbian porn ‘is quite popular’ among males, the change seen in the men toward same-sex marriage suggests a change in the attitude.

The study tapped into the National Science Foundation-funded studies of over 500 heterosexual men over the past six years, and compared their views of same-sex marriage.

It backs the Christian sociologist Mark Regnarus’ view, who previously released a wildly discredited study about children of same-sex couples are worse off than children of opposite-sex couples.

He said 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.’

Political commentator Dan Avery disagreed, who said these sorts of studies were flawed.

‘Men who acknowledge they look at porn are honest, and they’re less judgmental,’ he said.

‘They accept that 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.’

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