Presentation Title

Pornography and Relationships: The Hidden Negative Effects of Sexually Explicit Materials

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Abstract

This presentation argues that the consumption of pornography, or sexually explicit materials (SEM), by men in heterosexual and committed relationships has negative impacts on the relationship itself and the individuals involved. The method used is philosophical argument backed by psychological research. Pornography is usually consumed mostly by men (e.g., see Morgan; Minarcik, Wetterneck and Short; Veit, Štulhofer and Hald). Harm can be a direct result of the production of pornographic content and a result of men wanting to imitate extreme pornography within their relationship. Men may begin to view women as sexual objects and change their sexual expectations to match those akin with pornography. Watching SEM when in a committed relationship tends to adversely affect both the emotional and sexual connections between partners. The watching and actions resulting from SEM may be mirrored to infidelity when in a committed intimate partner relationship, due to the hiding, shame, guilt and indirect extraneous parties involved. As research mainly points in the direction of men watching and women being negatively affected, this paper will focus on heterosexual relationships. However, anyone may experience negative repercussions from engaging in the watching of pornography. The aim of this presentation is to provide a solution to the issue of overconsumption of pornography and the resulting negative effects. Just as we are taught from a young age that if we use drugs and alcohol or have sex that we must do so safely, we should be taught the same about safe pornography use.

Department

Philosophy

Faculty Advisor

Robin Tapley

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Pornography and Relationships: The Hidden Negative Effects of Sexually Explicit Materials

This presentation argues that the consumption of pornography, or sexually explicit materials (SEM), by men in heterosexual and committed relationships has negative impacts on the relationship itself and the individuals involved. The method used is philosophical argument backed by psychological research. Pornography is usually consumed mostly by men (e.g., see Morgan; Minarcik, Wetterneck and Short; Veit, Štulhofer and Hald). Harm can be a direct result of the production of pornographic content and a result of men wanting to imitate extreme pornography within their relationship. Men may begin to view women as sexual objects and change their sexual expectations to match those akin with pornography. Watching SEM when in a committed relationship tends to adversely affect both the emotional and sexual connections between partners. The watching and actions resulting from SEM may be mirrored to infidelity when in a committed intimate partner relationship, due to the hiding, shame, guilt and indirect extraneous parties involved. As research mainly points in the direction of men watching and women being negatively affected, this paper will focus on heterosexual relationships. However, anyone may experience negative repercussions from engaging in the watching of pornography. The aim of this presentation is to provide a solution to the issue of overconsumption of pornography and the resulting negative effects. Just as we are taught from a young age that if we use drugs and alcohol or have sex that we must do so safely, we should be taught the same about safe pornography use.