Last month was Pride Month, so it’s a fitting time to reflect on the last decade and what made it such a revolutionary period in Australia’s history.
Consider just a few of the radical things that have happened…
- 2016-17 — The Safe-Schools fiasco
- 2017 — Same-sex marriage is legalised
- 2019 — The Australian Human Rights Commission releases its ‘Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people’
When you look back, it is unthinkable that same-sex marriage would have been legalised even ten years ago!
In fact, just read this 2010 statement from Labor Party’s Penny Wong:
”The party’s position is very clear and that is an institution between a man a woman.”
So why is it that the majority of Australia have shifted their perspective on this crucial political issue?
I believe the biggest thing that changed was this — Porn.
Pornography has clearly been around longer than 10 years — however, when you consider the inception of smartphones and tablets, it’s clear that pornography has never been more accessible.
What is often not spoken of is the influence that pornography has had on attitudes towards homosexuality, and in particular — same-sex marriage.
Evidence suggests that the increased prevalence and consumption of pornography — particularly those forms of pornography which feature unnatural sexual intercourse — has led many to accept homosexuality as a normative practice.
In a 2016 piece, TIME magazine highlighted that the top three, most-searched-for terms on the world’s largest pornography site were:
Disturbingly, such an admission reveals that it is not only homosexuality that many are consuming their minds with — it is also debased videos featuring incestual relations.
And when I looked at the evidence, it became clear to me that there is a direct link between pornography consumption and support for same-sex marriage.
Research conducted by professor Paul J. Wright and Ashley K. Randall in 2012 revealed two startling conclusions:
- Heterosexual males are the primary consumers of lesbian pornography.
- There exists a direct correlation between pornography consumption and positive attitudes towards same-sex marriage.
A 2013 study revealed that males who consume pornography are more likely to view homosexuality as a normal disposition, and will more likely support same-sex marriage.
As Professor at the University of Texas — Mark Regnerus — wrote:
‘But of the men who view pornographic material “every day or almost every day,” 54 percent “strongly agreed” that gay and lesbian marriage should be legal, compared with around 13 percent of those whose porn-use patterns were either monthly or less often than that. Statistical tests confirmed that porn use is a (very) significant predictor of men’s support for same-sex marriage, even after controlling for other obvious factors that might influence one’s perspective, such as political affiliation, religiosity, marital status, age, education, and sexual orientation.’
Interestingly, consumption of pornography is also higher amongst homosexual male adolescents, compared to heterosexual male adolescents.
But what about in Australia?
Well when you stop to consider that Australia ranks ‘eighth worldwide in pornography consumption,’ and that over three quarters of our male population watch pornography on an a weekly basis, what we observe in the approval of homosexuality really isn’t that surprising.
Pornography not only normalises incestual relationships, abusive sexual relations, bestiality and homosexuality, it turns out to be a major reason why millennials — in particular — approve of homosexuality and subsequently support same-sex marriage.
What was once considered a ‘pathological deviation of normal sexual development’ by the American Psychological Association (DSM I) is now considered a legitimate alternative to heterosexual relations.
My feeling is that many have flocked to support same-sex marriage not only to affirm their loved ones who are engaged in homosexual relationships, but also in an attempt to deal with the guilt of having consumed homosexual pornography in their private time.
Is this to say that every yes-voter is a porn user? Not at all.
In fact, if the statistics are accurate, pornography has become so pervasive that many who fought for the ‘Vote-No’ campaign have also been seduced by its vices.
All I’m saying is that what appears to be a campaign about ‘love’ may actually be driven by lust.
At the end of the day, #LustIsLust