Has a study proven that pornsick men have “egalitarian attitudes”?

Jonah Mix, on Feminist Current, points out all the flaws in a study which supposedly discovered that men who watch pornography are more egalitarian.

This vague language and deceptive grouping are problems, but the study moves from flawed to futile when you look at their measure for sexism. The researchers used four data points as criteria: Support for women in positions of power, support for women working outside the home, support for abortion, and self-identification as a feminist. Really, researchers? That’s your definition of sexism?

If this were 1960, sure, it would be reasonable to gauge misogyny by asking about women having careers and abortions. It would also be reasonable to gauge racism by asking about segregated lunch counters. But neither set of questions would say anything about the world in 2015, when misogyny (and racism, for that matter) have been proudly wed to a rudderless liberalism that embraces those supposed markers of progress.

It’s very, very easy to hate women while still believing they should work outside the home (because Jesus Christ, get off your asses and do something, ladies!) or get abortions (because raising kids is a drag, but who wants to wear a condom?). Even women in positions of power get a stamp of approval from plenty of patriarchs, so long as they pledge to keep the same woman-hating laws in place. Remember Sarah Palin, anybody?

Questions about women working outside the home or holding office might screen for cartoonish patriarchs, but they give a free pass to the average misogynist.

5 thoughts on “Has a study proven that pornsick men have “egalitarian attitudes”?

  1. Sundazed June 20, 2017 at 22:16 Reply

    I read Jonahs article/post a while back and this study is ridiculous.
    Surly I think its fair to say that if one watches porn one will never be egalitarian, in the sense of what the word refers too.

    • Francois Tremblay June 20, 2017 at 22:46 Reply

      In any sensible reading of the word “egalitarian,” yes, I’m FAIRLY sure that watching women getting constantly abused and mistreated would not make one more egalitarian.

      • Sundazed June 20, 2017 at 23:03 Reply


        • Francois Tremblay June 20, 2017 at 23:07 Reply

          But what the hell do I know? I’m no “sex researcher.” Well, I have researched certain things about sex, but it’s not my job or anything. But I’m pretty sure the reams of studies that have shown that pornography viewing is correlated with all sorts of anti-feminist beliefs and attitudes back me up on this one.

          • Sundazed June 20, 2017 at 23:26 Reply

            I think it’s fair to say that study or no study, using one two eyes it don’t lake long to figure out that porn don’t each egalitarianism that’s for sure.

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