Gert Martin Hald and Theis Lange from the University of Copenhagen and Neil Malamuth from the University of California at Los Angeles published new research in the Sept. 6, 2013, edition of the Journal of Communication that indicates the development of sexist views of women from the viewing of pornography is dependent on at least one major factor of a man’s personality.
The researchers examined men and women with questionnaires about their past viewing experience with pornography. The researchers then exposed the same men and women to explicit pornography under laboratory conditions and questioned the research participants about their feelings immediately after viewing explicit pornography.
Women did not display any characteristics that could be interpreted as sexist after viewing pornography. Women consume one third of the pornography produced worldwide.
Only a small subset of male participants expressed sexist views of women directly after viewing pornography.
The researchers found that agreeable men were less likely to form sexist attitudes about women as the result of viewing pornography while men who had low traits of agreeableness demonstrated higher levels of sexist attitudes toward women after viewing pornography. Disagreeable was defined as higher levels of antagonism, coldness, hostility, suspiciousness, disagreeability, unfriendliness, and self-interest.
Disagreeable men were more readily sexually aroused by pornography and formed a very small subset of the 200 men tested.