Men's likelihood of sexual aggression: The influence of alcohol, sexual arousal and violent pornography

Kelly Davis, Jeanette Norris, William H. George, Joel Martell, Julia R. Heiman

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Abstract

Previous research findings have indicated that both alcohol intoxication and violent pornography exposure may contribute to increased sexual aggression by men. This study used an experimental paradigm to examine the effects of a moderate alcohol dose, alcohol-related beliefs, and victim response on men's self-reported likelihood of committing sexual aggression. A community sample of male social drinkers (N = 84) participated in an experiment in which they read an eroticized rape depiction after completing an alcohol administration protocol. The stimulus story varied whether the victim, who initially expressed unwillingness to engage in sexual activity, expressed pleasure or distress in response to the man physically forcing her to perform several explicit sex acts. A path analytic model illustrated that participants' self-reported likelihood of behaving like the sexual aggressor in the story was directly related to their own sexual arousal. Heightened sexual arousal was reported by participants who had consumed alcohol, those who read the victim-pleasure story, and those who believed that drinking women are sexually vulnerable. Results suggest that sexual arousal to violent pornography, as influenced by acute alcohol intoxication and other factors, may be an important component of men's perceptions of their own sexual aggression likelihood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-589
Number of pages9
JournalAggressive Behavior
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Pornography
  • Sexual aggression
  • Sexual arousal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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Men's likelihood of sexual aggression : The influence of alcohol, sexual arousal and violent pornography. / Davis, Kelly; Norris, Jeanette; George, William H.; Martell, Joel; Heiman, Julia R.

In: Aggressive Behavior, Vol. 32, No. 6, 01.11.2006, p. 581-589.

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Davis, Kelly ; Norris, Jeanette ; George, William H. ; Martell, Joel ; Heiman, Julia R. / Men's likelihood of sexual aggression : The influence of alcohol, sexual arousal and violent pornography. In: Aggressive Behavior. 2006 ; Vol. 32, No. 6. pp. 581-589.
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