Conservatives and Porn: Surprise, Surprise.

From New Scientist (makes me wonder what happened to the old scientist): 

“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.


The biggest consumer, Utah, averaged 5.47 adult content subscriptions per 1000 home broadband users; Montana bought the least with 1.92 per 1000. “The differences here are not so stark,” Edelman says.

Number 10 on the list was West Virginia at 2.94 subscriptions per 1000, while number 41, Michigan, averaged 2.32.

Eight of the top 10 pornography consuming states gave their electoral votes to John McCain in last year’s presidential election – Florida and Hawaii were the exceptions. While six out of the lowest 10 favoured Barack Obama.

The rest of this essay is here.

Evangelical Christians and Pornography

Via Andrew Sullivan at The Atlantic Monthly, this short video, from the God Tube teaches the proper evangelical Christian manner in which one should deal with internet pornography.

Er…I’m pretty sure that’s not quite what Matthew had in mind….it said gauge out your eye, not destroy office machinery.