Depictions of intimate partner violence: Responses of college-aged youth to the music video "love the way you lie"

Jonel Thaller, Megan Lindsay Brown, Jill Theresa Messing

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Abstract

The music video for Eminem and Rihanna's hit single "Love the Way You Lie" (2010) reproduces commonly held myths about intimate partner violence (IPV), primarily that many women instigate their abuse or even enjoy it. Music video culture has been of concern to parents, researchers, and policymakers because youth are considered developmentally susceptible to gendered sexual scripts. However, some scholars suggest that audience members, rather than being passive consumers, are practical actors who filter information according to first- and secondhand experiences. This study examined how young adults ' respond to the depiction of IPV in the music video for "Love the Way You Lie. "Findings indicated strong emotional response, a tendency to filter media through personal experiences, and a continuation of gendered blame. However, participants also demonstrated critical analysis. Thus, even when depictions are sensational or reinforce myth-based beliefs and gendered biases, young adults are capable of being critical consumers of popular culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRecent Advances in Digital Media Impacts on Identity, Sexuality, and Relationships
PublisherIGI Global
Pages82-98
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781799810650
ISBN (Print)9781799810636
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 29 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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