Pornography addiction and the perimeters of acceptable pornography viewing

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dc.contributor.author Taylor, Kris en
dc.contributor.author Gavey, Nicola en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-08T08:55:05Z en
dc.date.issued 2019 en
dc.identifier.issn 1363-4607 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48481 en
dc.description.abstract In this study, we investigate how pornography addiction is constructed by members of the New Zealand public by analysing six 2016 newspaper articles focusing on pornography addiction, and the 1430 Facebook comments posted in response to them. Utilizing a critical discursive approach, we identified five interpretative repertoires employed to construct both the viewing of pornography and pornography itself in multiple ways. Our analysis suggests that although pornography remained poorly defined, it was at turns framed as both unnatural and natural to view. The naturalness of viewing pornography however was complicated by an explicit acceptance of pornography addiction, which was variously proposed as being similar to substance abuse, a threat to intimate relationships, and as a convenient excuse. Moreover, the pornography addict was reliably described as male, and implicitly placed within a monogamous heterosexual relationship, with pornography depicted as most threatening when impinging upon such relationships. As such, we argue that the construction of pornography addiction not only reifies morally conservative historical concerns, but also side-lines the ethical and political ramifications of normalized pornography viewership. The possible replacement of discussions about the content of pornography with debates about user effects indicates a rapid historical shift from concerns for community standards to concerns for personal responsibility. en
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sexualities en
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title Pornography addiction and the perimeters of acceptable pornography viewing en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1363460719861826 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 777570 en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id Psychology en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-08-01 en


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