Most People Think Watching Porn Is Morally Wrong (article by E. Green)

Most People Think Watching Porn Is Morally Wrong

(Link): Most People Think Watching Porn Is Morally Wrong

Excerpt:

    by Emma Green

    In debates about the industry, it’s easy to forget that most people think erotica isn’t for them.

    “All men look at porn .… The handful of men who claim they don’t look at porn are liars or castrates.” That’s what Dan Savage, a Seattle-based sex columnist, wrote a few years ago in response to a reader who was fretting about her boyfriend’s affinity for erotica. By this point, his argument seems like a trope: All red-blooded men have watched porn. It’s just part of life. Get used to it.

    Whether or not Savage is right about how often people watch porn, they don’t seem to be “getting used to it.” According to data from the Public Religion Research Institute, only 29 percent of Americans think watching porn is morally acceptable. Somewhat predictably, men and women have very different opinions on the issue: Only 23 percent of women approve, while 35 percent of men think it’s okay.

    These statistics suggest something wildly different from the Dan Savage view of the sex world. Even if it were true that all men watch porn at some point—which it probably isn’t—65 percent of them feel bad about it.

    …. There were especially curious trends in how some groups saw the legal question versus the moral question. Roughly the same percentage of Generation X-ers (in this survey, people aged 34 to 48) feel like it’s wrong and think it should be legally restricted, with 33 percent approving morally and 34 percent saying they’d oppose legal restrictions. Among Hispanic Catholics, on the other hand, only 14 percent approve morally, but 66 percent say they’d oppose legal restrictions.

    There could be a shame factor at work. Just because people disapprove of something doesn’t mean they don’t do it—almost certainly, at least a few of the people who said they think watching porn is wrong still indulge once in a while. Respondents might have been ashamed to say they approve of porn on a poll question, or they might have been answering on behalf of their “better selves”—yes, maybe they watch it, but no, they don’t think it’s right.

    But even accounting for this, the data points to one major conclusion: Most Americans simply don’t approve of porn, in any sense. Importantly, this isn’t necessarily a call to action, especially because it’s unclear what legal regulation of porn would look like, exactly: A government-imposed filter on certain websites? A system of Internet users opting in or opting out of the ability to see hardcore pornography, like Britain has created? Greater regulation of porn production in general?

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