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Does watching porn make you sexist? / The Week

Written by Emily Shire for The Week. Originally published on September 18th, 2013.

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“Masturbating while watching pornography will not make you go blind. But could it make you sexist?

Two new studies out this month suggest the answer is yes, that watching pornography can have a detrimental effect on people’s perception of women and reinforce negative stereotypes.

A new study in the Psychology of Women Quarterly shows that both men and women who watch porn are less likely to support affirmative action for women. The study is fascinating because it shows a decrease in support of affirmative action for women over time if people watch porn, even when controlling for political and religious views. The data indicated that “prior pornography viewing predicted subsequent opposition to affirmative action,” but “prior opposition to affirmative action did not predict subsequent pornography viewing.” This suggests people didn’t watch porn that objectified women because they had pre-existing negative attitudes; rather, porn helped develop this negative change in their views of women.

Another study published in the Journal of Communications shows that watching porn correlates to an immediate increase in sexist attitudes, but only in a subgroup of men who are considered low in “agreeableness” (meaning they were generally cold, unfriendly, and hostile). After exposing men and women to hardcore pornography, only men in this subgroup illustrated an increase in sexist attitudes.”

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