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I (Dis)Like it Like That: Gender, Pornography, and Liking Sex

I (Dis)Like it Like That: Gender, Pornography, and Liking SexFull Article Title: I (Dis)Like it Like That: Gender, Pornography, and Liking Sex

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Abstract

Rates of pornography consumption in the U.S. are high and increasing. With exploratory aims, this study addresses the questions: What is the association between pornography consumption and liking of sexual behaviors commonly depicted in pornography, and is enjoyment moderated by gender? Sexual scripts theory suggests that increased pornography consumption is associated with increased engagement in pornographic sex acts, but it does not speak to enjoyment of the acts when engaged. The current study seeks to fill that gap. Based on data collected from a larger sample of 1,883 heterosexual men and women (predominantly, 86.6%, college or university students) in the U.S., and comparing correlations between pornography consumption (frequency of use) and reported enjoyment of a range of sexual behaviors by gender using Fisher’s z transformations (α value set at <.0025), analysis revealed that pornography consumption, overall, was not significantly correlated with increased enjoyment of the sexual acts that comprise the pornographic sexual script. However, gender was a significant moderating factor in the enjoyment, specifically, of degrading and/or uncommon acts. Male respondents were significantly more likely to report enjoying these acts than their female counterparts. These findings have possible implications for consumers, educators, and mental health professionals.

    Citation

    Ezzell, M. B., Johnson, J. A., Bridges, A. J., & Sun, C. F. (2020): I (dis)like it like that: Gender, pornography, and liking sex. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2020.1758860