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Like surveys? Take this one about porn

Whether you’re not really into porn and only enjoy the occasional romance novel sex scene or you’re an addict whose love of Barely Legal Asian Sluts is jeopardizing your career and family life, there are three researchers from across the pond who’d love to hear from you. Clarissa Smith, Feona Attwood and Martin Barker have put together an online pornography survey that they say is “unlike almost all the previous research that has been conducted on pornography.”:

In the past, pornography has overwhelmingly been assumed to be a ‘problem’, and the only really important questions to ask about it are – how much do people (and especially children) encounter it, and how great is the ‘harm’ that it does?  This research is different.

Our project is concerned with the everyday uses of pornography, and how the people who use it feel it fits into their lives. Pornography is of course a highly topical issue, subject to many opposing views and ‘strong opinions’. And we are not saying that there are no moral or political issues.  But we are saying that the voices of users and enjoyers have been swamped.  In fact, there is very little research that engages with the users of pornography, asking how, when and why they turn to it.

Sounds very reasonable and respectable. You can read more about their intentions and backgrounds, as well as take the survey, at Pornresearch.org. Here’s a sample survey question:

Which of these statements comes closest to your reasons for looking at pornography? Please tick the most important 4.

  • When I feel horny
  • Because I want to feel horny
  • I want to feel involved in a world of sex out there
  • For reconnection with my body
  • To get in the mood with my partner
  • For recognition of my sexual interests
  • To find stories that dramatise what sex is all about
  • Sometimes I’ve nothing better to do
  • When I’m bored, can’t relax, or can’t sleep
  • To see things I might do
  • To see things I can’t do
  • To see things I wouldn’t do
  • To see things I shouldn’t do
  • I just get attracted by pop-ups
  • For a laugh


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