So obviously this is a contentious topic as well as a sensitive topic to discuss, but its also a pertinent social issue that can/is/and should continue to be addressed by Social Psychology. The link between pornography and aggression has been examined for decades now and psychologists have addressed the issue within various sub-fields of psychology. There are also many societal, cultural, and local folk beliefs about pornography and the consequences of it on Egyptian youth. Film Thaqafy/Cultural Movie was made in 2001 and revolves around this issue. Watch the trailer, both to have a good laugh and to see the direction the film was going in. Worry not, there are also subtitles.
That was 14 years ago and even more recently there was a call to ban porn sites in Egypt. The UK have had a similar debate but came to a very different legal ruling. The call to ban porn sites was not implemented In Egypt as opposed to the steps that are currently being taken in the UK. Public opinion aside, results of research are mixed, and the field of psychology has been a big player in the debate.
To address social issues, social psychologists create hypotheses and then come up with research designs to test these hypotheses. Creating a hypothesis is an extremely creative process and one in which we draw upon our personal construals and schemas. There is an art to it, the relationship between a hypothesis and the methods or combination of methods used to examine this hypothesis. Curiosity bring on questions, questions bring on hypotheses, hypothesis relegate to methods, and they all lead to (if you do it right) insight into human behavior and the effects of social influence upon said behavior.
So, there are lots of questions to address, but lets focus on these two.
1. Is porn bad or good or neither? How will we be able to tell? How can we form our hypothesis? Oh yeah, and form one because we will be talking about this in class 🙂
2. What exactly can we take from the results of research? Especially keeping in mind the limitations of ethically and practically researching this issue?
PS Read this if you want to read something extremely strange.
PSS If you want to watch the entire movie Film Saqafy/Cultural Film, and you should one day, here it is 🙂