Readers are Sexually Shortsheeted by Messages Devaluing Relationship, Intimacy and Partnership
"'As well as turning women into two-dimensional objects, pornography also drums home lessons that place great pressures on men in anatomical proportions and in expectations of sexual prowess' he (David Gutterman, coordinator, Men Acting for Change) said."
--David Folkenflik, "Sexuality images discussed. Duke group tells TV's 20/20 of porn's effects," The Herald Sun, January, 1993.
"To bring themselves into relationship with an objectified female body, males must objectify their own bodies as well. The necessary corollary to pornography's myth of female instant availability is its myth of male perpetual readiness. Just as the former is an important source of misogyny, creating anger as real women fail to live up to the expectations of pornographic fantasies, so is the latter an important source of male insecurity, as men fail to live up to pornographic standards of sexual acrobatics performed by oversized organs."
--Harry Brod, in Men Confront Pornography, 198.
"In a 1988 study of 114 undergraduate men, 91.3 percent admitted they 'liked' to dominate a woman; 86.1 percent said they 'enjoyed' the conquest part of sex; 83.5 percent agreed that 'some women look like they're just asking to be raped'; 63.5 percent said they 'get excited when a woman struggles over sex'; and 61.7 percent decided that 'it would be exciting to use force to subdue a woman.' In a 1988 survey of young teenage males, 25 percent deemed rape justified if a boy spent ten to fifteen dollars on a girl and two-thirds of them deemed rape justified if he dated her for more than six months."
--Michelle Anderson, in The Price We Pay, 123.
"In another important study, Mary Koss conducted a large national survey of over 6,000 college students selected by a probability sample of institutions of higher education. She found that college men who reported behavior that meets common legal definitions of rape were significantly more likely than college men who denied such behavior to be frequent readers of at least one of the following magazines: Playboy, Penthouse, Chic, Club, Forum, Gallery, Genesis, Oui, or Hustler (Koss & Dinero, 1989)."
--Diana Russell, in Making Violence Sexy, 147-148.
"...many young boys indicated that they learned from pornography to connect the use of force during sex with excitement, with feeling stimulated. They also learned that force was justified if the female was at all active, i.e. if she took the initiative." 13