Event Title

Women's Excuses and Justifications for Pornography Consumption

Location

CSU 201

Start Date

9-4-2012 2:00 PM

End Date

9-4-2012 3:00 PM

Student's Major

Sociology and Corrections

Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor's Name

Maria Bevacqua

Mentor's Department

Sociology and Corrections

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description

Although pornography has been a contested issue among feminists since the 1980’s, much of the feminist research on pornography has been conducted from an anti-pornography perspective. However, sex-positive feminists need a louder voice in the scholarly literature on pornography. This study uses data from both surveys and in-depth interviews from female respondents to examine how women who enjoy pornography either excuse or justify their consumption of pornographic material. The findings of the study suggest that women often have nuanced relationships with pornography, including how they reconcile or experience conflict with their enjoyment of pornography and their self-definitions of femininity, their feminist political views, or their expressions of sexuality.

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Women's Excuses and Justifications for Pornography Consumption

CSU 201

Although pornography has been a contested issue among feminists since the 1980’s, much of the feminist research on pornography has been conducted from an anti-pornography perspective. However, sex-positive feminists need a louder voice in the scholarly literature on pornography. This study uses data from both surveys and in-depth interviews from female respondents to examine how women who enjoy pornography either excuse or justify their consumption of pornographic material. The findings of the study suggest that women often have nuanced relationships with pornography, including how they reconcile or experience conflict with their enjoyment of pornography and their self-definitions of femininity, their feminist political views, or their expressions of sexuality.

Recommended Citation

Verde, Rachel. "Women's Excuses and Justifications for Pornography Consumption." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 9, 2012.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2012/oral-session-10/3