How Do We Discuss The Effects Of Porn On Men Without A Control Group?

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This 2009 report, while not new, is certainly fascinating: researchers find that all men watch porn. The original aim of the study was to compare the views of men in their 20s who hadn’t watched porn to those who did–but the researchers failed to find any men who hadn’t watched any porn. If so much importance is being placed on the notion of consequences or harm from watching porn, how can we even have this discussion without knowing what a pre-porn mentality resembles?

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Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.

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    It does raise the question of how far you’d have to go. What is the reasonable “pre-porn” age? And then are those individuals going to have a healthy and well-formed sexual identity to be adequate for the research?
    I think the quandary answers the questions already though.
    We can assume that they are seeking what “damage” is done to society, to sexual identity, opinions of women, objectification…
    We manage don’t we? We do quite well as a species though no doubt some things could be improved. So there you have it, if all men have watched porn, it clearly doesn’t do a great deal of damage otherwise we’d be in a terrible state as a society!