Rape-myth congruent beliefs in women resulting from exposure to violent pornography: Effects of alcohol and sexual arousal

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

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Abstract

Previous research findings indicate that women suffer a variety of detrimental effects from exposure to violent pornography. This study used an experimental paradigm to examine the effects of a moderate alcohol dose and alcohol expectancies on women's acute reactions to a violent pornographic stimulus. A community sample of female social drinkers (N = 134) read an eroticized rape depiction after completing an alcohol administration protocol. As predicted, intoxicated participants were less likely to label the depicted events as rape than their sober counterparts. A path analytic model illustrated that participants' self-reported sexual arousal to the stimulus, as influenced by alcohol consumption and expectancies, resulted in increased rape myth congruent perceptions of the victim and decreased labeling of the incident as rape. Findings suggest that acute alcohol intoxication during violent pornography exposure may ultimately result in women developing more calloused attitudes toward rape and rape victims.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1208-1223
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
Volume21
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Pornography
  • Rape myths
  • Sexual arousal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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