Men & the Media: Sex and Pornography





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Published on Jul 20, 2012

In this last installment of a three-part series on the effects of the media on men's esteem, Miss Representation Social Action Representative Melissa A. Fabello takes on the relationship between men, sex, and pornography. Not an anti-porn rant or a discussion of how porn affects men's behavior toward women, this video focuses instead on the lies that the porn industry sells and why it's so damaging for men when they buy into them.

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"Pamela Paul's book...Our Families" (Paul, 2005)
"97% of decision-making...held by men" (Pugh Yi & Dearfield, 2012)
"Men account for...websites" (Cooper, Scherer, Boies, & Gordon, 1999)
"8% of people...compulsive disorders" (Cooper, Scherer, Boies, & Gordon, 1999)
"none of the guys...depictions of reality" (Kimmel, 2008, p. 176)
"perceive...reliable source" (Löfgren-Mårtenson & Månsson, 2010)
"the average penis is...4.8 inches" (Kinsey Institute, 2012)
"The average volume of semen...one teaspoon" (Online Schools, 2012)
"Each teaspoon of semen...200 to 500 million sperm" (Online Schools, 2012)
"averaging at about 280 million for humans" (Online Schools, 2012)
"The human male ejaculates...7 to 10 inches" (Online Schools, 2012)
"an average speed of 31 mph" (Online Schools, 2012)
"average guy lasts...minutes during intercourse" (Joannides, 2011)
"thirty minutes or more...delayed ejaculation" (Joannides, 2011)
"premature ejaculation if it happens in a minute or less" (Joannides, 2011)
"70-80% of women cannot orgasm from penetration alone" (Joannides, 2011)
"about eight thousand nerve-endings...human body" (Harvey, 2002)
"penis, which has only about four thousand" (Corinna, 2012)
"your best bet is going to be oral sex" (NSSHB, 2010)
"It's the complete reversal...hard to believe" (Kimmel, 2008, p. 174)
"negative...esteem" (Morrison, Ellis, Morrison, Bearden, & Harriman, 2006)


Cooper, A., Scherer, C., Boies, S., Gordon, B. Sexuality on the Internet: From Sexual Exploration to Pathological Expression. 1999. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 30(2), pp. 154-164.

Corinna, H. (2012). Scarleteen. With pleasure: A view of whole sexual anatomy for every body. Retrieved from http://www.scarleteen.com/article/bod...

Harvey, E.D. (2002). Anatomies of rapture: Clitoral politics/Medical blazons". Signs 27(2), 315--346.

Joannides, P. (2011). The guide to getting it on. Waldport, OR: Goofy Foot Press.

Kimmel, M. (2008). Guyland: The perilous world where boys become men. New York, NY: Harper Collins.

The Kinsey Institute. (2012). Frequently asked sexuality questions: Penis size. Retrieved from http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/resour...

Lofgren-Martenson, L. & Mansson, S.A. (2010). Lust, love, and life: A qualitative study of swedish adolescents' perceptions and experiences with pornography. Journal of Sex Research 47(6), 568-579.

Morrison, T.G., Ellis, S.R., Morrison, M.A., Bearden, A., & Harriman, R.L. (2006). Exposure to sexually explicit material and variations in body esteem, genital attitudes, and sexual esteem among a sample of Canadian men. The Journal of Men's Studies 14(2), 209-222.

National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB). Findings from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, Centre for Sexual Health Promotion, Indiana University. Journal of Sexual Medicine 7(5).

Online Schools. (2012). [Infographic providing facts about semen]. The scoop on Semen. Retrieved from http://www.pixlmonster.com/thanatos/s...

Paul, P. (2005). Pornified: How pornography is damanging our lives, our relationships, and our families. New York, NY: Holy.

Pugh Yi, R.H. & Dearfield, C.T. (2012). Women's Media Center Report: The status of women in the U.S. media 2012. Retrieved from http://wmc.3cdn.net/a6b2dc282c824e903...

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