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March 6, 2009

THE POLITICS OF PORN

New Scientist - A new nationwide study of anonymised credit-card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider finds little variation in consumption between states. "When it comes to adult entertainment, it seems people are more the same than different," says Benjamin Edelman at Harvard Business School. However, there are some trends to be seen in the data. Those states that do consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and religious than states with lower levels of consumption, the study finds. "Some of the people who are most outraged turn out to be consumers of the very things they claimed to be outraged by,"
That company did, however, provide Edelman with roughly two years of credit card data from 2006 to 2008 that included a purchase date and each customer's postal code. . .

Eight of the top 10 pornography consuming states gave their electoral votes to John McCain in last year's presidential election - Florida and Hawaii were the exceptions. While six out of the lowest 10 favoured Barack Obama. Old-fashioned values

Church-goers bought less online porn on Sundays - a 1% increase in a postal code's religious attendance was associated with a 0.1% drop in subscriptions that day. However, expenditures on other days of the week brought them in line with the rest of the country, Edelman finds.

Residents of 27 states that passed laws banning gay marriages boasted 11% more porn subscribers than states that don't explicitly restrict gay marriage.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot remember the movie or teevee show (please help me out, other readers, if you saw and recall it?) - but a female character once summed it up precisely for me:

The idea of Sex without Love makes me sad.

So - I find porn a huge turn-off, period. I think it's probably also harming to the psyche of the users.

None of which means I seek to impose my own view on what other adults do in private - so don't get me wrong that I think it ought to be outlawed. If only 1% of broadband users are viewing porn, that's a better statistic than I'd actually expected.

March 7, 2009 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the actors are good than the love will seem just as real as any movie.

I'm super curious what porn is going to look like in 20, 50, 100 years or more. Women are starting to realize that they like it. And in whatever weird way, gender subjugation is eroding. Porn ain't going away, but will it become more distaff friendly?

March 9, 2009 7:08 PM  

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