Early exposure to porn fosters aggression in men
YOUNG boys exposed to pornography are more aggressive in their attitudes towards women and the younger a man is when he first sees pornography, the more likely he is to want power over women.
This is according to a research in the US which studied 330 men and found that the average age of first seeing pornography was 13. It was also found out that some had been exposed to porn, accidentally or otherwise, when they were just five years old.
This research follows other studies which show that pornography, which is becoming increasingly hardcore in the internet age, warps men’s attitudes to the other sex.
It comes as Daily Mail recently highlighted a series of cases where women had lost their lives to men addicted to extreme porn.
“Porn often shows men dictating the activities, controlling women’s bodies, and being physically violent and aggressive against women,” said the co-author of the latest study, Christina Richardson from the University of Nebraska. “Men exposed young to these images of women may want this more in their sex lives and real lives.
“These men, we found, endorsed power over women and said women should be subservient to men. They also said that things worked better when men were in charge.”
The research confirmed the US team’s expectation that men would behave more aggressively towards women and be more promiscuous after being exposed to pornography at a young age. In the men they studied, the age at which they first saw porn ranged from five to 26.
Unexpectedly, however, it was men who had watched porn for fewer years, seeing it first at an older age, who behaved more like “playboys”. Lead author Alyssa Bischmann, also from the University of Nebraska, said: “We did not expect men exposed to porn at an older age to be more likely than men exposed at a younger age to want to behave in a more promiscuous way.
“One theory to explain this is that more years of seeing pornography makes men more anxious about matching the performance in porn films when it comes to real-world sex.
“They want to live up to the norms that they see in porn and so sex becomes a more negative experience.
“Men who saw porn later in life may not feel the same pressure and so may feel more confident about having sex with more women.”
Studies show that almost 90% of men watch pornography, many from a young age, with social media sites facing criticism for allowing vulnerable teenagers access to explicit images. The research was based on 46 questions given to men about pornography. – Daily Mail
‘Things work better when men are in charge’