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However, what is most interesting is the research undertaken by the authors of the report which suggests that the use of pornography and adult DVDs does not lead to an increase in viewing women as sexual objects and may actually have a positive effect on such attitudes. The data is not scientifically publishable and is a work still in progress but is based on the results of a survey undertaken by 320 respondents who are pornography users. The results are:

Approximately 20% of respondents are female and 80% male.

Respondents come from all states and territories within Australia and live in both regional and metro areas. 28% are single, 33% are married and 39% are in relationships but not married.

Respondents have varying political views with 32% voting Labor, 25% Liberal and 22% Green.

63% have some form of religious affiliation or conviction and most of these are Christian with 37% describing themselves as having no religious beliefs.

The survey included a number of questions that were designed to gauge the attitude of respondents towards women particularly to ascertain the perception of women as sexual objects as apposed to equals within society. Subjects such as womens' rights, equal pay and abortion were included and results were overwhelmingly that pornography users do not have a negative or biased view of women in either general or sexual terms. In order to address the link between the use of pornography and sexual violence, respondents were asked if a woman has the right to stop a sexual encounter at any point, regardless of her initial attitude to it. Out of 320 respondents, only 1 strongly disagreed, 7% disagreed slightly and 93% disagreed or had no strong opinion.

Consumers were also asked to assess the impact the use of pornography has on their own sexual attitudes and the authors report a very high level of openness from respondents. Only 10% felt that the use of such material has a negative impact on their attitudes, 2 of these respondents suggested a dependency or addiction to adult entertainment and a significant percentage of the remainder felt that it leads to unrealistic or unreasonable expectations of their sexual partners. This is of course understandable as part of the reason consumers use pornography is to explore sexual themes that are not available to them in every day life.