Internet Pornography Use, Body Ideals, and Sexual Self-Esteem in Norwegian Gay and Bisexual Men

Ingela Lundin Kvalem, Bente Træen, Alex Iantaffi

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between perception of own appearance, Internet pornography consumption, preferences for pornographic actors’ appearance, and sexual self-esteem in gay and bisexual men in Norway. An online survey of 477 gay and bisexual men showed that, despite the prevailing muscular and lean gay body ideal, many men with less ideal bodies also preferred to watch pornographic actors with body types similar to their own. Self-perceived attractiveness, having an ideal body type, and viewing Internet pornography in longer sessions each made a unique contribution to higher self-esteem as a sexual partner. Preferring to watch pornographic actors with ideal bodies was not related to sexual self-esteem. The findings underscore the importance for gay or bisexual men of both self-perceived attractiveness and being athletic or young and fit, for a positive self-evaluation of sexual performance and competence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Nov 16 2015

Keywords

  • Attractiveness
  • bisexual
  • body type
  • gay
  • Internet pornography
  • pornographic actor
  • sexual self-esteem

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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