• Wed, Jun 1 2011

Breaking: Young People Like Pornography

Here is some more evidence that conservatives are losing the culture wars. A recent Gallup poll revealed that 42% of Americans aged 18-34 think porn is “morally acceptable,” while only 19% of people over 55 do. This was the biggest generational difference on any issue they polled people about; other topics included gay/lesbian relationships, abortion, and premarital sex. (The gaps on those were significant, but not as great.) So basically, in addition to posing nude, people are looking at other people’s sexxxy photos and videos more as well, and they’re feeling pretty okay about it.

Via MSNBC:

“This is the first time we’ve asked about pornography,” said Jeff Jones, managing editor of the Gallup Poll, adding “that while they [the over-55 age group] didn’t think it was OK, there were other things they thought was worse.”

So basically, the next time an older relative somehow finds out about your enjoyment of/participation in the wild world of porn, just remind them you haven’t raped or murdered anyone, and you should be fine.

Of course, just because someone thinks porn is “wrong” doesn’t mean they’re not going to look at it; it would be interesting to see how the percentage of people who think porn is wrong compares with the percentage of people who actively engage with it. (I’m pretty sure there’s a decent amount of overlap.) And then there’s the strange nebulousness of the question itself: what does it mean to think that pornography is immoral? I mean, DVDs and digital downloads are inanimate objects with no potential for morality in the first place. Do they think the people who make a living in porn are doing something immoral? The people who purchase and consume it? Which of these groups is worse? Do they think it should be outlawed, or just frowned at mightily? I think Gallup has a lot of sexy research left to do.

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