Straight porn and gay marriage

Could watching porn make straight men support marriage equality?imgres-2

A story circulating in blogs today tells of sociologist Mark Regnerus’ latest assertion that porn watching confuses the straight mind about marriage and results in higher levels of support for greater diversity.

Regnerus got some attention earlier this year when he published a now widely discredited study that supposedly found children of gay parents are worse off than those of straight parents. As Huffington Post reports, “In his piece Regnerus states that porn ‘undermines the concept that in the act of sexual intercourse, we share our ‘body and whole self … permanently and exclusively’ and “reinforces the idea that people can share their bodies but not their inmost selves, and that they can do so temporarily and (definitely) not exclusively without harm.’

“He also notes that porn does not ‘discriminate’ or rank one kind of sex act over another and therefore viewers are treated to a ‘veritable fire-hose dousing of sex-act diversity” (can this guy paint a picture, or what?) and end up believing that sex has nothing to do with “marital meaning.’

“So what happens when sex is divorced from being purely about marriage? Apparently men begin to think gay marriage is OK.

“Regnerus reveals that ‘of the men who view pornographic material ‘every day or almost every day,’ 54 percent ‘strongly agreed’ that gay and lesbian marriage should be legal, compared with around 13 percent of those whose porn-use patterns were either monthly or less often than that.”

For more, see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/25/mark-regnerus-study-porn-gay-marriage-men_n_2362283.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

 

 

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