“Women’s Attitudes and Fantasies about Rape as a Function of Early Exposure to Pornography”

Posted on March 15, 2017, in Relationships, Research, Sexual Violence, Women

Publication Information

Title: Women’s Attitudes and Fantasies about Rape as a Function of Early Exposure to Pornography
Publication: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Author: Corne, Shawn, John Briere, and Lillian M. Esses
Date: 12/01/1992

Abstract

Although much has been learned about how social forces such as pornography can shape or direct men’s sexual violence against women, few empirical data exist on how these forces impinge on women’s attitudes and behavior. In the present study, 187 female university students responded to a questionnaire regarding childhood exposure to pornography, current sexual fantasies, and endorsement of rape-supportive attitudes. Early exposure to pornography was related to subsequent “rape fantasies” and attitudes supportive of sexual violence against women. Findings were interpreted in the context of women’s socialization to accept sexual aggression as a sexual/romantic event.

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