Where Does Masturbation Fit in All This? We Need to Incorporate Measures of Solo-Masturbation in Models Connecting Sexual Media Use to Sexual Quality (or Anything Else)

  • Samuel L. PerryEmail author

Sexual media—both of the suggestive and explicit variety—is an increasingly pervasive part of the cultural landscape in the Western world. In the American context, survey data indicate that (explicit) sexual media is being consumed by a larger percentage of men and women than in previous decades and they seem to be viewing it later into their adult life than ever before (Perry & Schleifer, 2017; Price, Patterson, Regnerus, & Walley, 2016). Observing these trends in the U.S. as well as other contexts, scholars from multiple disciplines have sought to better understand how the practice of viewing sexual media could shape human relationships, particularly in the areas of romance and sexual experience. The Target Article written by Leonhardt, Spencer, Butler, and Theobald (2018) is a laudable attempt to provide an organizational framework to reconcile apparent contradictions in this research. While the vast majority of studies examining the association between sexual media use and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA

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