While pornography has become highly accessible, another way in which pornography is present in media is through discussion in movies and television shows, which is often framed through casual reference, by way of a joke, or in a teasing manner. A content analysis of 55 episodes that reference pornography—looking specifically at the framing of pornography in individual scenes—provides valuable insight into the media ecosystem surrounding pornography and its potential impact on adolescents. Using cultivation analysis and framing theory as a theoretical basis, this study analyzes the inclusion of the terms, “porn,” “porno,” and “pornography” in popular television shows.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Communications
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Pollock, A. Lucia, "Exploring Mentions of Pornography in Popular Television Shows" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 9289.
Pornography, Portrayals, Cultivation Analysis, Framing, Media Consumption, Popular Television, Adolescents