Journal article

A descriptive analysis of young women's pornography use: a tale of exploration and harm

Angela C Davis, Meredith J Temple-Smith, Elise Carrotte, Margaret E Hellard, Megan SC Lim

Sexual Health | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2020


Background:Despite viewing less often than young men, young women view pornography. This study used an online survey to describe young women's pornography use and their reflections on the influence of this use. Methods: Young Australian women (15-29 years) were recruited via Facebook to complete an online survey in 2016. Respondents who had ever viewed pornography (n = 491) were asked 10 closed-ended questions related to their exposure to pornography and an open-ended question: 'How has pornography influenced your life?'. Quantitative responses were descriptively analysed. Qualitative responses were thematically analysed using a descriptive qualitative approach. Results: Most respondents (89..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Angela Davis is supported by an Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship. Megan Lim is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowship. The authors gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the Victorian Operational Infrastructure Support Program to this work, received by the Burnet Institute. This research did not receive any specific funding.