Porn to the people

2010-03-14 11:45

MOST South Africans do not lust ­after the titillating products of

the porn industry.

Recent Film and Publication Board research shows that we are a

sexually conservative lot and not the world’s most enthusiastic ­consumers of

porn.

The research probed public attitudes towards sexually explicit

material. It explored levels of tolerance towards general nudity, soft porn,

hardcore porn and violent porn.

Four hundred and fifty people across a broad spectrum of age,

­ethnicity and income were interviewed in Gauteng, Western Cape and

KwaZulu-Natal. So were 105 sex shop ­clients.

And their responses indicated that our moral values still inform

our attitudes to porn. A total of 94% of respondents declared that they valued

their families, education for their children and thought that children were

having sex too early.

A total of 87% stated their concerns over sexual abuse in South

Africa. They voiced worries that children can see sex and violence on the

Internet (83%), cellphones (81%) and TV (76%).

They find sexual behaviour portrayed in porn magazines, DVDs,

videos and movies acceptable in varying degrees:

  • Kissing and

    hugging was acceptable by the majority (76%).

  • But only

    30% found general nudity acceptable, 58% favoured restrictions on movies

    featuring nudity and 12% regarded nudity as totally unacceptable.

  • Only 13%

    regarded soft porn portrayals as totally acceptable, 16% found it totally

    unacceptable and 70% expected soft porn movies to be restricted.

  • Only 4%

    regarded hard-core portrayals as totally acceptable, a further 59% find it

    acceptable provided the movie is restricted and 37% regard it as totally

    unacceptable.

  • A total of

    71% regarded the portrayal of violent or forced sex to be totally unacceptable,

    while 26% saw it as acceptable provided the movie was restricted. Only 3% regard

    the portrayal of violent sex as totally ­acceptable.


The frequent users of pornography, the research found, showed “more

liberal tendencies”. But even they cannot stomach violent sex portrayals – 61%

of frequent hard- porn users indicated that they ­regard it as

unacceptable.

Responses with regard to magazines and other printed material

largely mirrored the responses to movies and DVDs.

South Africans also have conservative attitudes to the kind of

sexual practices portrayed in movies.

Child porn was unacceptable to 90%, incest to 78%, exploitation to

68%, bestiality and rape to 67% and violence to 63%.

They are less conservative about visiting sex shops. Only 52%

indicated that they had never set foot in a sex shop.

But 87% indicated that they had never ordered porn by mail and 76%

claimed never to have downloaded porn from the Internet.

Forty percent said they never looked at soft core magazines and 48%

never at hard core magazines. A third of the respondents say they never watched

soft core or hard core porn movies, videos and DVDs.

Their sexual behaviour is equally moderate. Only 46% indicated that

they would never visit a strip club but 79% said they would not consider

swapping partners for sex and 86% declared they would not send pictures of

themselves or people having sex via their cellphones.

As to sexual behaviour in magazines, the majority of respondents

felt that portrayals of vaginal sex, full frontals, oral sex, masturbation, sex

toys and group sex should only be in restricted magazines.

Respondents were almost equally split between those who felt

pornographic material was too easy to ­obtain and those who felt it was

­sufficiently monitored.


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