5.8 Openness of Porn Discussion

The figure below displays the responses of furries to being asked how openly they felt the fandom discussed pornography, organized by participants who identified as male (blue bars) and female (orange bars).

5-8 opennness of porn discussion by gender

As you can see, female furries were significantly more likely than males to say that pornography was very openly discussed in the fandom (M = 5.70 vs. M = 5.13). Put another way: for nearly half of all female furries, the fandom is seen as a place that talks very openly and very frequently about the topic of furry sexuality (right-most bar), something which many males in the fandom don’t see themselves. This difference in perception may reflect the fact that females in the fandom, sensitive to cues that they may not belong[Note]See Section 2: Gender Issues[/note] and feeling far less positive about pornography than they’re told they ought to feel,1 perceive pornography within the fandom as being a very salient topic.

For more information on the psychological theories grounding this topic, you are encouraged to look up the social psychological phenomena of Stereotype Threat and Pluralistic Ignorance.

References

  1. See 5.5 Attitudes toward Porn

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