Pornography Consumption, Education, and Support for Same-Sex Marriage Among Adult U.S. Males

Paul J. Wright, Ashley Randall

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Abstract

Many consider same-sex marriage the civil rights issue of our time. Although support is on the rise, there are some Americans who oppose same-sex marriage. Heterosexual males are a demographic group particularly likely to oppose same-sex marriage. Mass media and education are often thought of as important agents of socialization in American culture. Pornography in particular is a platform often discussed in terms of its impact on males' sexual attitudes. This study used nationally representative three-wave longitudinal data gathered from adult U.S. males to examine the over-time interplay between pornography consumption, education, and support for same-sex marriage. Support for same-sex marriage did not prospectively predict pornography consumption, but pornography consumption did prospectively predict support for same-sex marriage. Education was also positively associated with support for same-sex marriage. Scientific and social implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-689
Number of pages25
JournalCommunication Research
Volume41
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

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Keywords

  • 3AM model
  • education
  • pornography
  • same-sex marriage
  • selective exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language

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