au: Teacher, mind expander, spice of life: porn’s multiple positions

Nothing in 30 years of research about pornography has ever suggested it has a positive side. But that, says Alan McKee, is because the wrong people were being asked. No researcher had ever asked Australian consumers of pornography why they liked it – even though there is no shortage of them. In the first three months of this year, 4.3 million Australians visited an adult website, said Nielsen/NetRatings NetView, a world leader in internet analysis. Tens of thousands regularly watch pornographic DVDs. When consumers are asked their opinion, the results are unexpected. “To find out that overwhelmingly people who use pornography experience it as good was surprising,” says Dr McKee, “given everything you hear is negative.”

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