Methodological Issues in the Content Analysis of Pornography
No scientifically sound analysis of the content of pornography in the United States as a whole currently exists. Dietz and Sears’s article takes us a small step closer to quantifying the contents of pornography. Some of the methods employed in the present study, however, prohibit us from making solid generalizations from the findings reported here to the nationwide pornographic marketplace. Our critique of the article will concentrate first on the methods employed in the study and then on the findings obtained through these methods and the authors’ interpretation of these findings.