Monday, 2 March 2009

Official: Conservatives Love Porn

I've always thought conservatives are a bunch of wankers. Here's the proof.
Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers

Americans may paint themselves in increasingly bright shades of red and blue, but new research finds one thing that varies little across the nation: the liking for online pornography.

A new nationwide study (pdf) of anonymised credit-card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider finds little variation in consumption between states.

"When it comes to adult entertainment, it seems people are more the same than different," says Benjamin Edelman at Harvard Business School.

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, the study finds.

"Some of the people who are most outraged turn out to be consumers of the very things they claimed to be outraged by," Edelman says.
More here.

6 comments:

Damon Lord said...

It's proof that conservatives support gender equality, though an example of supporting an industry where women regularly earn more than men! (And my tongue is firmly in cheek for this)

Anonymous said...

Unless I missed something (and I only skimmed the article, which can be found here, http://people.hbs.edu/bedelman/papers/redlightstates.pdf) it doesn't actually prove anything about conservatives per se, as the analysis takes place at the aggregate rather than the individual level.

Thus it is only possible to make generalisations about the states themselves rather than the individuals within them; something the author appears to have forgotten during the interview. A typical ecological fallacy.

For more see CT: http://crookedtimber.org/2009/02/28/do-churchgoers-and-republicans-consume-more-porn/

Phil BC said...

Darn, what a shame.

They're still wankers though ;)

ian said...

"They're still wankers though ;)"

.....thank you very much, you've been a great audience.....

Jay Livingston said...

Phil, I blogged this too a few days ago. Assuming that the data (from a single porn provider) are valid, they show that porn consumption is fairly evenly distributed. When you look at subscriptions per capita, several liberal states (NJ, CT) come out high. To get the less urban, conservative states in the top ten, you have to use rates per broadband-household. Those states have less broadband penetration so their porn rates look high. Urban, liberal states with lots of broadband have lower rates. NJ goes from top ten per capita to bottom ten per broadband user.

Joe said...

Actually the "porn belt" is blue, and you're free to love or hate it as much as anyone else. I don't think it's relevant to anyone's political temprament, but I doubt that your desire to rah-rah some slander could be tempered by that thought.

If you don't agree with conservatives, why not try presenting ideas in contrast, as opposed to the demagoguery and demonization that I thought I left behind when I left the German democratic Republic?