Porn Sex Versus Real Sex: How Sexually Explicit Material Shapes Our Understanding of Sexual Anatomy, Physiology, and Behaviour

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s12119-017-9413-2

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Hesse, C. & Pedersen, C.L. Sexuality & Culture (2017). doi:10.1007/s12119-017-9413-2


Given that consumption of sexually explicit material (SEM) and sexual behaviour are inextricably linked, the purpose of this study was to determine whether the frequency of SEM consumption predicts knowledge of sexual human anatomy, physiology, and typically practiced sexual behaviour. A secondary purpose was to investigate self-perceived effects of SEM consumption and whether participants report SEM as a positive or negative contributor to various aspects of life. Using a modified version of the Pornography Consumption Questionnaire and the Falsification Anatomy Questionnaire, we determined that contrary to expectations, frequency of SEM exposure did not contribute to inaccurate knowledge of sexual anatomy, physiology, and behaviour. Rather, the opposite relationship was found. However, in concert with previous literature, participants reported greater positive self-perceived effects of SEM consumption than negative effects.


Pornography Consumption Anatomy Sexual behaviour 

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Funder NameGrant NumberFunding Note
Student Led Research Grant

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    © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017

    Authors and Affiliations

    1. 1.Kwantlen Polytechnic UniversitySurreyCanada

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