Watching porn helps men warm to same-sex marriage
Gay marriage is a hot-button issue in civilized western countries.
U.S. President Barack Obama, now in his second term, is voicing his firm stance on equal rights and pursuit of happiness for all.
The U.K. Parliament has passed the same-sex marriage proposal bill.
For the French, the idea is so old mentioning it is boring.
Everybody knows it's the right thing to do. It's their gut feeling that's prohibiting.
But they might be too caged in old-fashioned bias, a new study suggested.
Opening up to a new idea is always controversial.
A novel method to soften their stance has been introduced.
The new rather shocking idea is: to get them to watch dirty videos. A study from the U.S. has suggested.
For the latest study, a professor and study co-author of the University of Arizona, looked at data from studies of 500 heterosexual men over the past five years funded by the National Science Foundation.
"Pornography consumption did predict over-time increases in support for same-sex marriage," the research team wrote.
The more that straight men watch pornography, the more they warm to the idea that two people of the same sex could be married, the new academic analysis suggested.
The effect was particularly marked in men who were less-well educated.
They tend to be more biased because they didn't have the education to respect other's point of view.
Paul Wright, assistant professor of communications at Indiana University and author of the study he told the Washington Examiner.
Pornography adopts an individualistic, non-judgmental stance on all kinds of non-traditional sexual behaviors.
Same-sex marriage attitudes are strongly linked to attitudes about same-sex sex.
It opened their mind to accepting non-traditional sexual situations - like those involving participants of the same sex," he found.
"If people think individuals should decide for themselves whether to have same-sex sex, they will also think that individuals, as well, should decide for themselves whether to get married to a partner of the same-sex."
The results of the study, published in the journal Communication Research, could be interpreted as suggesting that backers of same sex marriage should encourage men to watch more porn.
"It may make them more liberal and accepting in their attitudes towards gay marriage," he added.