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Porn Breaking Down Barriers. Or Something.

Salon brings some interesting news from the world of social science research: the more porn straight men, especially less educated straight men, watch, the more they’re likely to back same-sex marriage:

Researchers believe that regular exposure to the wild, wacky world of porn may cause straight men to be more accepting of a range of sexual preferences and situations. If these men think “individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether to have same-sex sex, they will also think that individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether to get married to a partner of the same-sex,” Wright told the Examiner. Adding, “Pornography adopts an individualistic, non-judgmental stance on all kinds of non-traditional sexual behaviours and same-sex marriage attitudes are strongly linked to attitudes about same-sex sex.”

It’s interesting to see this highlighted in Salon, which is a culturally left web magazine that celebrates sexual freedom. Had this same news appeared in a culturally conservative magazine, many people wouldn’t have viewed it in the same way. It’s like when racy images of Pride parades are shown in pro-gay contexts, it’s a celebration of diversity, but when conservatives highlight the very same images, they stand accused of trying to smear the entire gay community with the outré behavior of a few.

Anyway, porn. Gosh, who knew it was good for society? Ahem.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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