Pornography: Research Advances and Policy Considerations

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Uses of Pornography

Jennings Bryant University of Alabama

Dan Brown East Tennessee State University

Despite the controversial nature of pornography, relatively little is known about how and why consumers use sexually explicit materials. Much research that has attempted to explain the effects of consumption has failed to examine groups of people who independently chose to consume pornography. Instead, many of these studies focused on behavior of available people who were recruited by researchers to become pornography consumers. Among the longest running efforts to study the use of sexually explicit material by consumers who voluntarily consume such fare is the work of the Indiana University for Sex Research, most widely known as the Kinsey studies.


KINSEY STUDIES

Gebhard and Johnson ( 1979) described the data collected between 1930 and 1963 by the Institute for Sex Research. Their sample of more than 10,000 respondents tended to be disproportionately young and white-collar and, because diverse methods were used with various subsamples, does not readily permit trend analysis. In fact, the Kinsey methods have been frequently criticized for poor

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