ERIC Number: ED231003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Anxious Behaviors of Patrons of an X-Rated Movie: An Update of the Winick Study for the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography.
Copeland, Gary A.; Davis, Donald M.
A study examined the behavior patterns of patrons arriving at theatres that showed both "X" rated and "PG" rated movies. The study was undertaken to update the findings of the President's Commission on Pornography and Obscenity, which conducted similar research in 1970 and 1971. Patrons entering the theatre's X and PG rated movies were photographed with a Super 8mm camera from inside a car parked nearby. The films of the 37 adults entering the X movie and the 28 adults entering the PG movie were analyzed and coded for patron age, clothing type (business or casual), grouping (alone or accompanied), and type of behavior exhibited. Results showed that all patrons of the X movie were male, all but one were white, and five were in business costume. The majority attended alone, and most exhibited "conflicted"--anxious or rapid-behavior. In contrast, more females than males attended the PG movie, and all attended in casual costuming, all were white, and the majority attended with at least one other person. The findings suggest that the guilt of attending an adult movie has increased since the early 1970s. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Movie Attendance; Pornography; X Rated Movies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Orlando, FL, April 6-9, 1983).