The paradox of pornography - sexuality and problematic pornography use

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Thomas, H. and Binnie, J. (2023). The paradox of pornography - sexuality and problematic pornography use. Culture, Health & Sexuality. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2023.2213750
AuthorsThomas, H. and Binnie, J.
Abstract

The experiences of sexual minority men who report self-perceived problematic pornography use is under theorised and not well understood despite controversial and conflicting research into the phenomena in heterosexual male populations. This study aimed to widen the conversation to consider the experience of sexuality in relation to self-perceived problematic pornography use, rather than contribute to literature that debates the definition and aetiology of problematic pornography use. Semi-structured online qualitative interviews were conducted with three sexuality minority men who self-reported problematic pornography use. Interpretive phenomenological analysis was used to develop themes. Five themes pertinent to understanding the participants experiences with problematic pornography use were developed: problematised sexuality, pornography as liberator, pornography as corrupter, reform, and relapse and restore. The themes highlight three men’s relationship with their sexuality as a feature of their self-perceived problematic pornography use. The research suggests that idiographic experiences of self-perceived problematic pornography use are influenced and maintained by an incongruent and conflicting relationship between an individual’s own experiences of sexuality and self-perceptions of pornography use. Limitations and future research recommendations are discussed.

Keywordsproblematic pornography use, sexual minority men, qualitative, sexuality
Year2023
JournalCulture, Health & Sexuality
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN 1464-5351
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2023.2213750
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Print22 May 2023
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Deposited10 May 2023
Accepted10 May 2023
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