Victim's response and alcohol-related factors as determinants of women's responses to violent pornography

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

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Abstract

Women suffer a variety of detrimental effects from exposure to violent pornography. This study examined the role of specific situational cues embedded within a violent pornographic story, as well as alcohol consumption and alcohol expectancies, to determine potential mechanisms through which these effects occur. Female social drinkers (N = 123), recruited from the community at large, participated in a between-subjects factorial experiment varying two situational cues - victim response (pleasure vs. distress) and story character beverage consumption (alcohol vs. mineral water) - and participant beverage consumption (alcohol vs. placebo vs. tonic). Results indicate that participants' identification with the victim plays a key role in affecting their responses and that alcohol-related factors appear to exacerbate the negative impact of pornography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-69
Number of pages11
JournalPsychology of Women Quarterly
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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