k) Pornography and men in particular

Note: Much pornography in a sense is ‘about men’, in that it speaks to or shapes men’s sexualities. However, this section focuses on texts which focus on men, masculinity, and pornography, although many of the above works also contain relevant discussions. Works on gay male pornography are listed in their own section below.


Allen, Louisa. (2006). “Looking at the Real Thing”: Young men, pornography, and sexuality education. Discourse, Volume 27, Number 1, March, pp. 69-83.

Attwood, Feona. (2005). ‘Tits and ass and porn and fighting’: Male heterosexuality in magazines for men. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 8(1), pp. 83-100.

Bareket, O., Shnabel, N., Abeles, D., Gervais, S., & Yuval-Greenberg, S. (2019). Evidence for an Association between Men’s Spontaneous Objectifying Gazing Behavior and their Endorsement of Objectifying Attitudes toward Women. Sex Roles, 81(3), 245-256. doi:10.1007/s11199-018-0983-8

Beggan, James, and Steve Allison. (2003). “What Sort of Man Reads Playboy?”The Self-Reported Influence of Playboy on the Construction of Masculinity. Journal of Men’s Studies, 11(2), Winter.

Betzold, M. (1977). How Pornography Shackles Men and Oppresses Women. In Jon Snodgrass. (ed.). A Book of Readings: For Men Against Sexism. Albion CA: Times Change Press.

Brod, H. (2007). Pornography and the alienation of male sexuality. In J. Schiffman & M. Edwards (eds.), Gender Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2nd ed., pp. 395-408). New York: New York University Press. 

Brod, Harry. (1984). Eros Thanatized: Pornography and Male Sexuality. In M.F. Bruneau and G. Orenstein, (eds.). Sexuality, Violence, and Pornography. A Special Issue of Humanities in Society, 7(1/2).

Brod, Harry. (1990). Pornography and the Alienation of Male Sexuality. In Jeff Hearn and David H.J. Morgan, (eds.). Men, Masculinities and Social Theory. London: Unwin Hyman. (Also in Larry May and Robert Strikwerda. (eds.). (1992). Rethinking Masculinity: Philosophical Explorations in Light of Feminism, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield)

Brother. (1977). Stop Playboying. In Jon Snodgrass. (ed.). A Book of Readings: For Men Against Sexism, Albion CA: Times Change Press

Buchbinder, David. (1991). Pornography and Male Homosocial Desire: The Case of the New Men’s Studies. Social Semiotics, 1(2).

Buchbinder, David. (1998). Porn Where Men Meat. Chapter 5 in Performance Anxieties: Re-producing Masculinity. Sydney: Allen & Unwin

Burnett, S. (2021). The Battle for “NoFap”: Myths, Masculinity, and the Meaning of Masturbation Abstention. Men and Masculinities, 0(0), 1097184X211018256. doi:10.1177/1097184x211018256

Burns, R. J. (2001). Male Internet pornography consumers and their attitudes toward men and women. Dissertation Abstracts International A: Humanities & Social Sciences, 62(5-A), 1622.

Castleman, Michael. (1988). Hardcore/Softcore: Leading Causes of Men’s Sex Problems. Chapter 8 in Making Love: A Guide to Sexual Fulfilment for Men - and Women. (Revised edition) London: Penguin

Changing Men: Issues in Gender, Sex and Politics, 15, Fall 1985: Special Issue of Magazine: Men Confronting Pornography. with Articles by John Stoltenberg, F. Small, D. Steinberg, K. Ellis, Michael Kimmel and others.

Cowburn, Malcolm, and Keith Pringle. (2000). Pornography and Men’s Practices. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 6, 1/2, 52-66.

Dean, Liz. (2007). Young Men, Pornography & Sexual Health Promotion. Masters Thesis, School of Applied Social Science, Faculty of Health, University of Brighton.

Donnerstein, Edward, and Daniel Linz. (1987). Mass Media Violence and Male Viewers: Current Theory and Research. In Michael Kimmel, (ed). Changing Men: New Directions in Research on Men and Masculinity. New York: Sage

Eck, Beth A. (2003). Men Are Much Harder: Gendered viewing of nude images. Gender & Society, 17(5), pp. 691-710.

Ezzell, M.B. (2014). Pornography Makes the Man: The Impact of Pornography as a Component of Gender and Sexual Socialization. In Coleman, L. & Held, J. (eds.), The Philosophy of Pornography: Contemporary Perspectives (p. 17-34). London: Rowman & Littlefield.

Faludi, Susan. (1999). Waiting for Wood. Chapter Ten in Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man, William Morrow & Company.

Flood, M. (2010). Young Men Using Porn. In Everyday Pornographies. Ed. K. Boyle. Oxford: Routledge (pp. 164-178). Full text available at: http://www.xyonline.net/content/young-men-using-pornography.

Garlick, S. (2010). Taking control of sex? Hegemonic masculinity, technology, and internet pornography. Men and Masculinities, 12(5), 597-614.

Hardy, Simon. (1998). The Reader, The Author, His Woman and Her Lover: Soft-Core Pornography and Heterosexual Men. London: Cassell.

Hite, Shere. (1981). The Hite Report on Male Sexuality. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, pp. 777-792

Jensen, Robert. (2007). Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity. Cambridge, MA: South End Press.

Jukes, Adam. (1993). Pornography, Rape and Masturbation. Chapter 6 in Why Men Hate Women. London: Free Association Books.

Katz, Jackson. (1992) Rethinking private pleasure: Pornography and men’s consciousness. In Empathy: Concepts of male and female power, Vol. 3 No. 2. Columbia., S.C.: Gay and Lesbian Advocacy Research Project, Inc.Edited Volumes.

Katz, Jackson. (2000). Pornography and Men’s Consciousness. In M. Adams, W. Blumenfeld, R. Castaneda, H. Hackman, M. Peters, & X. Zuniga. (eds.), Readings for Diversity and Social Justice. New York: Routledge.

Kimmel, Michael. (ed). (1990). Men Confront Pornography. New York: Crown.

Kingi, Venezia, Elisabeth Poppelwell, and Judy Paulin. (2004). “I know I’m not a dirty old man”: The Viewing Habits of Users of Sexually Explicit Movies. Crime and Justice Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington: Report for the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

Kupers, Terry A. (1993). Pornography and Intimacy. Chapter 5 in Revisioning Men’s Lives: Gender, Intimacy, and Power. New York & London: Guilford Press.

Loftus, David. (2002). Watching Sex: How Men Really Respond to Pornography. Thunder’s Mouth Press.

May, Larry. (1998). Pornography and Pollution. Chapter 4 in Masculinity and Morality, Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press.

McMillan, Peter. (1992). Objects of Desire. [and] Watching. in Men, Sex & Other Secrets. Melbourne: Text Publishing Company.

Mura, David. (1987). A Male Grief: Notes on Pornography and Addiction. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions.

Paul, Pamela. (2005). Me and My Porn: How pornography affects men. Chapter 3 in Pornified: How Pornography Is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families. New York: Times Books/Henry Holt.

Pawson, H. (2013). A letter to my son about porn. Mamamia.com.au, December 9. http://www.mamamia.com.au/parenting/talking-to-kids-about-porn/, Accessed December 12, 2013.

Putnam, M. (2001). Private ‘I’s: Investigating men’s experiences with pornographies. PhD dissertation, Graduate Faculty in Sociology, City University of New York.(UMI No. 3024825)

Schooler, D., and L. M. Ward. (2006). Average Joes: Men’s relationships with media, real bodies, and sexuality. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 7, 27-41. 

Simpson, Mark. (1994). Male Impersonators: Men Performing Masculinity. New York: Routledge.

Sniewski, L., & Farvid, P. (2020). Hidden in shame: Heterosexual men’s experiences of self-perceived problematic pornography use. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 21(2), 201. 

Soble, Alan. (1992). Why Do Men Enjoy Pornography?. In Larry May and Robert Strikwerda, (eds.). Rethinking Masculinity: Philosophical Explorations in Light of Feminism, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.

Stoltenberg, John. (1988). You Can’t Fight Homophobia and Protect the Pornographers at the Same Time. Changing Men: Issues in Gender, Sex and Politics, 19.

Stoltenberg, John. (1990). Refusing To Be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice. CA & Suffolk: Fontana/Collins.

Stoltenberg, John. (1993). The End of Manhood: A Book for Men of Conscience. New York: Dutton.
What’s Supposed to Turn a Real Man On? (Chapter 12).
How Can I Have Better Sex? (Chapter 19).
If They Take Away My Porno, Will They Take Away My Manhood Next? (Chapter 23).

Stoltenberg, John. (1994) What Makes Pornography “Sexy”? Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions.

Stoltenberg, John. (1999). Christianity, Feminism, and the Manhood Crisis. In Dane S. Clausen. (ed.) Standing on the Promises. Cleveland, Ohio: The Pilgrim Press. 

Sun, C., Bridges, A., Johnason, J., & Ezzell, M. (2014). Pornography and the Male Sexual Script: An Analysis of Consumption and Sexual Relations. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-12.

Taylor, K., & Jackson, S. (2018). ‘I want that power back’: Discourses of masculinity within an online pornography abstinence forum. Sexualities, 21(4), 621-639. doi:10.1177/1363460717740248

Tewksbury, Richard. (1993). Peep Shows and ‘Perverts’: Men and Masculinity in an Adult Bookstore. Journal of Men’s Studies, 2(1), August, pp. 53-67.

Thomson, R. (1999). ‘It was the way we were watching it’: Young Men Negotiate Pornography. In Jeff Hearn and Sarah Roseneil, (eds.). Consuming Cultures: Power and Resistance. Basingstoke: MacMillan Press Ltd, pp. 178-198.

Wagner, Tanya. (1994). Lights, Camera, Interaction: Cybersex: Extensions of Men. Mediatribe (Concordia University’s Undergraduate Journal of Communication Studies). 4(1), Spring.

Waugh, T. (1995). Men’s pornography: Gay vs. straight. In C. Creekmur and A. Doty. (eds.), Out in culture: Gay, lesbian and queer essays on popular culture. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Wright, P. J., & Bae, S. (2016). Pornography and Male Socialization. APA Handbook of Men and Masculinities. (pp. 551-568): American Psychological Association.