Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Liberalizing of America: By Porn

Data from the New Family Structures Study revealed that when young adult Americans (ages 23-39) are asked about their level of agreement with the statement “It should be legal for gays and lesbians to marry in America,” the gender difference emerges, just as expected: 42% of men agreed or strongly agreed, compared with 47% of women of the same age. More men than women disagreed or strongly disagreed (37% versus 30%), while comparable levels (21-23%) said they were “unsure.” But of the men who view pornographic material “every day or almost every day,” 54% “strongly agreed” that gay and lesbian marriage should be legal, compared with around 13% of those whose porn-use patterns were either monthly or less often than that. Statistical tests confirmed that porn use is a (very) significant predictor of men’s support for same-sex marriage, even after controlling for other obvious factors that might influence one’s perspective, such as political affiliation, religiosity, marital status, age, education, and sexual orientation. The same pattern emerges for the statement, “Gay and lesbian couples do just as good a job raising children as heterosexual couples.” Only 26% of the lightest porn users concurred, compared to 63% 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.

As I have contended, now, I am thrilled to have the data that supports the argument: porn has a very liberalizing effect on all those who watch it; especially children. For myself, I grew up in the 1980s, within a very conservative household. After years of viewing porn, by the time I was a teen, and went off to college, I had become a very liberal Democratic bordering upon Libertarianism. I hated anything which attempted, legitimately or not, to curtail my so-called freedoms; this included the Catholic Church. What is certainly taking place in this Nation, and the last election is a case in point, that any morally-centered candidate can not win; thanks to porn



1 comment:

  1. As a liberal Atheist, I was surprised to find myself agreeing with you on the topic of pornography. Unfortunately, you lost all credibility here. Mitt Romney is morally-centered? If you really believe that Mr. Romney lost the election because of the moral decay in America, then you've lost all credibility with me.
    Good luck to you. I hope that you really are able to conquer your demons, whatever they may be. Personally, I'm happy with the direction our country is heading. It's nice to see people who are gay and who wish to stay that way are beginning to be given the same rights as me. Whether you are gay or straight, you're just as much a part of this country as this middle-aged granny from the Midwest. Take care.

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