Sexuality and Culture

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 3–30

Lesbian and bisexual women’s interpretations of lesbian and ersatz lesbian pornography

  • Todd G. Morrison
  • Dani Tallack
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Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to examine non-heterosexual women’s interpretations of “lesbian” material contained in pornography targeting male viewers and pornography made by and for lesbian women. Four focus groups were conducted (N=17) in which participants saw two pornographic sequences; one ostensibly for heterosexual males and the other for lesbian women. Participants then engaged in a semi-structured discussion for approximately 90 minutes. Conversations were tape-recorded, transcribed, and analyzed for themes. Stated briefly, results indicated that participants differentiated between the two sequences on a variety of dimensions including performers’ bodies, the emphasis on penetration, and the presence or absence of intimacy. The implications of these findings and ideas for subsequent research are outlined.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Todd G. Morrison
    • 1
  • Dani Tallack
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNational University of IrelandGalwayIreland
  2. 2.Red Deer CollegeAlbertaCanada

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