Let’s Talk About Porn: The Perceived Effect of Online Mainstream Pornography on LGBTQ Youth



This chapter examines how LGBTQ people, who grew up in the ‘internet generation’, perceived the effect of mainstream online video pornography as being a positive tool for sexual exploration or as a harmful and exploitative media. Three focus groups were conducted with LGBTQ students aged 18–25 in the north of England. Groups talked about the heteronormative nature of mainstream online video pornography. While the heteronormative nature of pornography was seen to lead to unrealistic expectations of sex as well as negative impacts on self-esteem and self-concepts, participants still saw utility in pornography. To negate the negative impact of pornography, a more comprehensive sex education both about sex and pornography needs to be implemented. Pornography is not inherently problematic, rather some of the ways in which people are represented in pornography are. Therefore, I also call for the broadening of the visuals presented in mainstream pornography to make them more inclusive for LGBTQ audiences.


Pornography LGBTQ Sex education Heteronormativity Focus groups 


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