Sunday, March 10, 2013

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie Gallagher

English: Maggie Gallagher at the Cato Institute
I do expect rigorous arguments from Maggie Gallagher. I need to rethink that. Today she writes Porn Increases Support for Gay Marriage. There are a few things that she forgot to mention. According to the author of the study that she cites education also increases support for gay marriage. Suppose there is a link for enjoying porn and support for gay marriage. So what

A 2009 nationwide study (by Harvard Business School) of anonymised credit-card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider finds little variation in consumption between states.

However, there are some trends to be seen in the data. Those states that do consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and religious than states with lower levels of consumption.

Furthermore, according to the author of the porn/gay marriage study:

The present study’s findings must be interpreted with some caution for three reasons.

First, the GSS data sets utilized were generated by cross-sectional surveys. As such, it is impossible to ascertain the directionality of the Internet pornography exposure/sexual attitude associations that were found. Does viewing Internet pornography lead to certain sexual attitudes or do people who possess certain sexual attitudes gravitate to Internet pornography? The present report cannot answer this question.
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Second, although the present study did control for potential confounds, there is always the possibility that some unmeasured third-variable explains the associations that were found.
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Finally, the results of the present study are generalizable only to adult males in the United States who use the Internet, as the 2000 and 2002 GSS asked only Internet users about their Internet pornography consumption. It must be remembered, however, that in each of these years a sizeable portion of adult U.S. males had Internet access....
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