Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 48, Issue 8, pp 2291–2303 | Cite as

Sexual Media and Sexual Quality: Aims, Distinctions, and Reflexivity—Response to Commentaries

  • Nathan D. LeonhardtEmail author
  • Travis J. Spencer
  • Mark H. Butler
  • Alex C. Theobald


Three years ago, we noticed a chasm of opinions surrounding sexual media use and set out to reconcile inconsistent research findings. We started with a simple idea: sexual media might be congruent with pursuing short-term sexual quality and incongruent with pursuing long-term sexual quality. While this simple idea remains a core tenant of our Target Article (Leonhardt, Spencer, Butler, & Theobald, 2018), the complexities of this assertion seem to mount with each rereading of the paper. Based upon constant dialogue within our team, feedback from colleagues, and reviewers’ helpful comments, we have strived to address the complexities of this subject, particularly as research continues to come forward suggesting a multiplicity of moderators and confounds.

We sincerely thank all the commentators of diverse backgrounds for their insightful and helpful perspectives that elevate dialogue on this controversial subject (Douglas & Moore-Keish, 2019; Kohut & Campbell, 2019; Ley, 2019...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Marriage and Family Therapy, Utah State UniversityLoganUSA
  3. 3.School of Family LifeBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  4. 4.Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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