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Porn Users Report Positive Effect on Relationships

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Interestingly approximately 90% of respondents reported that pornography had either no effect or a positive effect on their attitudes towards sex, women and sexuality in general. The most prevalent response was that exposure to adult DVDs etc increased the respondents' ability to view different body types as attractive, which is clearly very positive and also indicates that consumers explore many different genres of pornography and are not focused only on the standard glamour model body type. Another positive aspect of the use of adult material is that respondents are more tolerant and accepting of their sexual partners' desires and needs and they feel better placed to fulfil them.

The report considers the contradiction that some commentators feel pornography promotes unrealistic, unhealthy or stereotypical body type images whilst others believe that the wide range of material available can encourage more balanced views of different body types as supported by the views of respondents surveyed. The authors' analysis strongly suggests that not all subsections of the adult entertainment industry are equal with regard to propagation of negative attitudes towards body images. They suggest that the very well established and ultra mainstream magazines like Penthouse and Playboy generally carry material portraying unrealistic body images and it is highly possible that this type of pornography is most likely to lead to poorly adjusted attitudes towards body image.

By contrast (and very positively) the report goes on to suggest that the top selling adult DVDs in the Australian market are very much less oriented towards the "perfect" body that is relentlessly pushed by the mainstream market and domestic consumers prefer adult material where a wide range of body types are presented as sexually attractive. The report concludes this part of its analysis by stating that although it is difficult to make firm assertions, it seems very likely that adult DVDs in Australia bring positive social benefits to the population by allowing consumers of pornography to be more open and accepting of their own needs, desires and bodies and those of their partners and society in general.