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Pornography: Are All Men Pigs?

  • Jim Liebelt
    Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
  • 2009 Dec 03
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Question: What happens when researchers attempt to study the views of men who have viewed pornography and compare them with the views of men who haven't?

Answer: Researchers can't make the comparison because they can't find any men who haven't seen pornography.

No joke.

I hope you won't automatically jump to the assumption that this proves all men are pigs. Today, there are many young men (boys, really) who first saw pornography unintentionally (mostly via the Internet.) And, there are many guys today who choose not to access pornography. Ever. (But, I'm sure there are many other ways for men to achieve oink-er status.)

What really is troubling from the research is the amount and frequency of pornography the average male watches.

For more information on teens and pornography, read Jim Burns' article, "The Stages of Pornography: Why Porn Might Bring Down This Culture" on HomeWord.com.

Researchers from the University of Montreal were conducting a study comparing the views of men in their 20s who had never been exposed to pornography with regular users.

But their project stumbled at the first hurdle when they failed to find a single man who had not been seen it.

"We started our research seeking men in their 20s who had never consumed pornography," said Professor Simon Louis Lajeunesse. "We couldn't find any."

Although hampered in its original aim, the study did examined the habits of those young men who used pornography - which would appear to be all of them.

Prof Lajeunesse interviewed 20 heterosexual male university students who consumed pornography, and found on average, they first watched pornography when they were 10 years old.

Around 90 per cent of consumption was on the internet, while 10 per cent of material came from video stores.

Single men watched pornography for an average of 40 minutes, three times a week, while those in relationships watched it 1.7 times a week for around 20 minutes.

Source: London Telegraph