Do Individual Perceptions Matter in Pornography Effects? How Perceived General Acceptance and Influence of Pornography May Impact Agreement With Sex-Role Attitudes

Rebecca Ortiz, Shawna White, Eric Rassmussen

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Abstract

Pornography use is often associated with less-progressive sex-role attitudes, such as endorsement of a sexual double standard between heterosexual partners, but the process by which this relationship occurs is still largely unexamined. The present study was conducted to examine how perceptions about pornography may play a role in the relationship between pornography use and sex-role attitudes. Perceived general acceptance and perceived influence of pornography on most people partially mediated the relationship between pornography use and sex-role attitudes. The more participants reported using pornography, the more they believed pornography was generally accepted and had a positive influence; however, conversely to what was hypothesized, the more positive they perceived pornography’s influence, the less likely they were to report sex-role attitudes that endorse a sexual double standard.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-95
Number of pages8
JournalCommunication Research Reports
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • General Acceptance
  • Pornography
  • Sex-Role Attitudes
  • Sexual Double Standard

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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