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Thesis

The impact of nonviolent pornography consumption on intimate heterosexual relationships

25 July 1997

Abstract

This paper reviews the literature on the impact of nonviolent pornography
consumption by males on perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors that may affect
intimate heterosexual relationships. The feminist perspective, which views
pornography as subordinating women through objectification, and the liberal
perspective, which views pornography as sexually liberating, are evaluated through exploring pornography's effect on intimate relationships. First, selected research on the content and availability of nonviolent pornography is presented. Second, research investigating the effects of nonviolent pornography on perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors related to intimate relationships is reviewed. Third, the effects of these variables on intimate heterosexual relationships are discussed. In conclusion, the findings are discussed in relation to the liberal and feminist perspectives on pornography. In general, nonviolent pornography consumption is found to have a negative impact on heterosexual intimate relationships, supporting the feminist perspective that pornography is harmful.


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