Male Pornography and Gender Roles Essay.

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Issues in Sexuality: Scholarly vs. Popular Media  

This assignment will help you explore the way a topic in human sexuality is covered in two very different sources: 1) a scholarly journal; and 2) a popular media source.


  1. Choose a topic on sexuality that interests you. Use the textbook as a guide in selecting your topic.
  2. Find a scholarly article
    1. Select an appropriate topic, and search the APUS online library databases to find an article from a “peer-reviewed” evidence-based scholarly journal.

If you have questions on appropriate types of articles, you can use the library tutorials



Here’s a snippet of the essay.



Pornography is an issue that has generated serious speculation; it has grown from a state of insignificance to being a major social issue in most parts of the world. The period from early 1960’s has been labeled as the modern pornography wave. It is a period that saw major discussions in all aspects of the phenomenon from terminology, definitions, the level of sexual content, the economic impact, and most importantly its effects. This paper seeks to address the issue of pornography from the perspective of male participation, consumption, and the interrelated issues. The paper includes a review of two articles; the first article is a scholarly article from a peer reviewed journal, while the second one is a popular media article. Both articles are compared from the perspective of how they approach the issue of male pornography; the paper seeks to distinguish both approaches as it demonstrates the significance of using scholarly articles as opposed to media articles.

Article 1: U.S Male and Pornography, 1973 – 2010


This paper was done by Paul J. Wright from Indiana University, Department of Telecommunications. Wright argues that although social scientific research on the effect of consumption of pornography among males may be highly debated, it might not have focused testing the feminist perspective that pornography aggravates sexual aggression against females. He posits that previous research might have addressed the use of pornography amongst males; however, they overlooked the permissive approach to sexual affairs (Wright, 2013).




In the study, Wright applied a cross-sectional Social survey on the data spanning from 1973 to 2010. He applied the GSS surveys that examined social issues among adults 18 years and over. The survey was done through personal interviews, the sampling model was random, it based from the premise that every person had an equal opportunity for being interviewed. The study involved 14, 193 U.S males who gave feedback on their consumption of pornography. The study considered four demographic predictors of porn consumption namely; age, ethnicity, education, and religiosity. The research used six hypotheses; they predicted positive correlation between exposure to pornography and past number of sexual partners, having engaged in paid sex, approval of adult premarital sex, approval of teenage sex, approval of extramarital sex, and engagement in extramarital sex. There were three research questions that sought to establish whether the percentage of males consuming pornography had increased over time; whether age, ethnicity, religiosity, and education predicted consumption; and whether there was an association between un-married adult males’ use of condom and consumption of pornography. Pornography consumption would be assessed by asking whether participants had previously watched a pornographic movie.  The study tested eight outcome variables; these included the number of sexual partners in the last 1 year, the number of sexual partners in the last five years, ever having indulged in paid sex, use of condom during the last sexual act, attitudes towards teenage sex, ever having engaged in extra-marital sex, and attitudes toward extramarital sex.

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