Sexuality and Culture

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 3–30 | Cite as

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

  • Todd G. Morrison
  • Dani Tallack


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.


Focus Group Heterosexual Woman Lesbian Woman Bisexual Woman Explicit Material 
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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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