Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 48, Issue 8, pp 2271–2277 | Cite as

Porn Is for Masturbation

  • Nicole PrauseEmail author

In their Target Article, Leonhardt, Spencer, Butler, and Theobald (2018) advance a structural model to explain seemingly disparate effects of visual sexual stimuli (VSS). They argue that the nature of VSS effects depends on relationship length and VSS content. Specifically, short-term partners are said to accrue benefits from VSS, such as increasing sexual breadth and increasing sexual desire/arousal in the moment, while long-term partners are said to suffer negative effects from VSS due to decreasing intimacy and poorer communication. Further, Leonhardt et al. advance that sexual content (categorized as suggestive, explicit, or paraphilic) is an important mediator of VSS effects. Specifically, they argue that explicit and paraphilic VSS are more likely to influence sexual behaviors than suggestive VSS. Their model is primarily sociological, focused on structures of the family. Individual-level studies, including experiments important for establishing cause, are not strongly...



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