Does Watching “Adult Videos” Make Men Evolve on Gay Marriage?
I have a story that’s by Paul Bedard in the Washington Examiner, and the way he begins this story is the exact way that I would have had I written it. He says, “There is no delicate way to say this.” Are you ready? “There is no delicate way to say this: Exposure to pornography softens opposition to same-sex marriage among the largest group of naysayers, heterosexual men. A new scholarly analysis suggests that the more straight guys, especially those who are less educated, watch pornographic videos, the more they warm to same-sex marriage.
“The reason: Porn opens their mind up to accepting non-traditional sexual situations, like gay sex. ‘Our study suggests that the more heterosexual men, especially less-educated heterosexual men, watch pornography, the more supportive they become of same-sex marriage,’ Indiana University Assistant Professor Paul Wright told Secrets. Explaining the findings of the analysis … Wright said, ‘Pornography adopts an individualistic, nonjudgmental stance on all kinds of nontraditional sexual behaviors and same-sex marriage attitudes are strongly linked to attitudes about same-sex sex.
“If people think individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether to have same-sex sex, they will also think that individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether to get married to a partner of the same-sex.'” So this guy’s theory is you watch porn and it softens… (interruption) Yeah? Well, that’s kind of… (interruption) You watch porn and it softens your attitudes toward gay sex. And as your attitude toward gay sex changes, then so does your attitude toward gay marriage.