German Heterosexual Women’s Pornography Consumption and Sexual Behavior

AUTHOR(S)

Sun, Chyng F.; Wright, Paul J.; and Steffen, Nicola

PUBLISHED

2017 in Sexualization, Media, & Society

KEY FINDINGS
  • This research suggests that porn can influence women to be more submissive in real-life sexual encounters.
ABSTRACT
This study found that German heterosexual women’s personal and partnered consumption of pornography were positively correlated with their desire to engage in or having previously engaged in submissive (but not dominant) sexual behaviors such as having their hair pulled, having their face ejaculated on, being spanked, choked, called names, slapped, and gagged. The association between women’s partnered pornography consumption and submissive sexual behavior was strongest for women whose first exposure to pornography was... READ FULL ABSTRACT
EXCERPTS
  • "Pornography use was related to women’s submissive behavior but was unrelated to their dominant behavior. This pattern of correlations aligns with sexual script theory and content analyses of dominance and submission and gender in pornography. It does not align with the perspective that measures of pornography consumption are simply proxies for factors such as a high sex drive or an adventurous approach to sex. If this were the case, pornography consumption should have correlated with women’s dominant sexual behavior in addition to their submissive sexual behavior."
  • "Based on this and previous research, many heterosexual men and women appear to largely accept pornography’s script of male dominance and female submission and to behave accordingly. This power imbalance provides much to ponder in terms of sexual relations and gender inequality."
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