You may find some of the following questions sensitive, and some may be difficult to answer. Due to this it does not matter if you are unfamiliar with certain terms, as this will help the researcher establish your understanding of the topic.
Please answer the following questions prior to watching the film, Intimacy.
1. What do you think about pornography?
really know much about it. I
know it portrays actors having sex.
- For example what do you know about it?
What is your attitude towards the sex industry?
is a large industry, but I do not agree with the prostitution side of it
3. Are you aware of any restrictions or legislation on the basis of censoring and licensing sexually explicit material?
- If you are answering yes please state the information, and how this was gained. Once answered go onto Question 4.
I know that this type of material is normally restricted to over eighteenís. I think also there must be something to stop forms of harmful sex, for example on children in films.
you are answering no, what censoring guidelines do you feel should be
implemented, if any? Once
answered go onto Question 5.
Do you agree with these censoring legislation/restrictions?
Explain your answer.
Yes. People shouldnít have the chance to watch something if they are not at the right age.
Do you think there is a problem with freely talking about sex in
I think in some cases it is talked about too freely. People do not think about the consequences.
How does it personally make you feel to talk about it?
I havenít really got any problems about it, but it is a private activity, so I would only discuss it with close friends who I could trust.
Have you heard of the film, Intimacy prior to the
researcher asking you to watch the film?
If yes, what and where did you gain this information?
What are your initial thoughts, as you know you are about to
watch a film containing sexually explicit material?
Try to be honest in your answer.
I am actually very curious to see what itís all about.
What would be your preferred environment to watch such a film?
Probably with my partner, but I suppose it would be ok with friends too.
For example, with friends, alone, or with your partner.
Explain your choice.
Thank you answering these series of questions, enjoy the film!
Please answer the following questions after watching the film, Intimacy. Please answer as fully as possible.
What is your general opinion of the film overall?
was very confused right from the start.
I never really got into it Iím afraid.
2. How did you feel when watching the scenes containing sexually explicit material?
was quite shocked how short and sharp it was.
Not really what I was expecting.
- Please include in your answer whether your opinion changed from your initial thoughts of watching this material?
Did you feel the portrayal of the female or male body in the sex
scenes was degraded?
No not really. There was no harm or force involved. The actors werenít that nice to look at though.
How would you describe the sex scenes?
For example, sexually explicit?
Do you feel the sex scenes should have been censored?
No. I cannot see the problem with this; it is an eighteen after all. I think eighteen and over is a responsible age for this film.
If you are answering yes, why and what parts?
If you are answering no, why not?
Has your opinion on your preferred watching environment changed
from your opinion prior to watching the film?
Intimacy has been labelled, ĎThe most
controversial film of the year.í
Are you surprised?
Not really. I can see why people have complained due to the obvious sex scenes, but as I said before surely at eighteen you can decide for yourself?
And would you agree with this label?
Do you think the content of Intimacy was similar to the
content of a pornographic film? Please
also answer if you have not viewed this type of genre before, but are
aware of the content.
Iím not that sure. It does involve sex scenes just like in pornoís but it wasnít just about sex which is what pornoís are all about.
Has your attitude changed on pornography after watching Intimacy?
Are you aware of the social harm debate linking pornography with
If you are answering yes, explain what you know and how you gained this
information. Then go onto Question 12.
I know there is a lot of controversy on whether pornography is degrading to women. I have just heard of it through word of mouth really.
If you are answering no please go to question 11.
As this is the first time you have heard about the social harm
debate, are you surprised it is being debated?
Explain your reasons in your answers.
Do you think sex scenes should be censored by the State, or left
to the individual to decide whether to watch a film containing this
content? Please explain.
A bit of both. I think the State should contribute to placing restrictions on ages, then it should be left to people, if they want to watch it or not.
If you knew the State found sexually explicit material difficult
to control, would it change your opinion on censoring this information?
Well yes, to an extent. This material should not get into the wrong hands so the State needs to work at restricting this. Still I believe adults should be able to decide what is best for them to watch.
Do you feel attitudes towards sex have changed?
definitely. The media has
helped this attitude change, by exposing it so frequently.
Have you any other comments that you feel would be beneficial
towards the research topic?
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