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The Making of Sexual Violence: How Does a Boy Grow Up to Commit Rape?


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Title: The Making of Sexual Violence: How Does a Boy Grow Up to Commit Rape?
Publication: International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
Author: Brian Heilman, Luciana Hebert, Nastasia Paul-Gera
Date: 06/01/2014

Women and girls around the world experience staggering levels of rape and other forms of sexual violence. This violence devastates lives, unhinges communities, and hampers greater social and economic development. While the severity, frequency, and purpose of this violence can broaden during times of conflict or emergency, its foundations are laid during “peacetime,” as is […]

Adolescents’ Exposure to a Sexualized Media Environment and Their Notions of Women as Sex Objects


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Title: Adolescents’ Exposure to a Sexualized Media Environment and Their Notions of Women as Sex Objects
Publication: Sex Roles
Author: Jochen Peter, Patti M. Valkenburg
Date: 02/28/2007

This study was designed to investigate whether adolescents’ exposure to a sexualized media environment is associated with stronger beliefs that women are sex objects. More specifically, we studied whether the association between notions of women as sex objects and exposure to sexual content of varied explicitness (i.e., sexually nonexplicit, semi-explicit, or explicit) and in different […]

Sadomasochism: Descent into Darkness


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Title: Sadomasochism: Descent into Darkness
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Author: Robert Peters
Date: 06/01/2015

What prompted me to write this paper was the release of the film, Fifty Shades of Grey, which from what I have read portrays sadomasochism much in the same that Pretty Woman portrayed prostitution. This paper is about the dark underbelly of sadomasochism. Sadomasochism and pornography have much in common, however, and as I worked on […]

Men’s Likelihood of Sexual Aggression: The Influence of Alcohol, Sexual Arousal, and Violent Pornography


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Title: Men’s Likelihood of Sexual Aggression: The Influence of Alcohol, Sexual Arousal, and Violent Pornography
Publication: Aggressive Behavior (Vol 32, Iss 6)
Author: Kelly Cue Davis, Jeanette Norris, William H. George, Joel Martell, and Julia R. Heiman
Date: 10/17/2006

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 […]

The Internet Pornography Pandemic: “The Largest Unregulated Social Experiment in Human History” (RESEARCH)


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Title: The Internet Pornography Pandemic: "The Largest Unregulated Social Experiment in Human History"
Publication: Christian Apologetics Journal
Author: Donna Rice Hughes
Date: 04/20/2014

Technology is revolutionizing our lives and providing access to a wide range of valuable services. The Internet has become a powerful educational and communications tool, placing vast new worlds of knowledge in the palm of our hand. Today’s youth have fully integrated the Internet into their daily lives, using technology as a powerful platform for education, […]

More Than a Dalliance? Pornography Consumption and Extramarital Sex Attitudes Among Married U.S. Adults

Posted on April 1, 2015, in Marriage, Relationships, Research, Societal

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Title: More Than a Dalliance? Pornography Consumption and Extramarital Sex Attitudes Among Married U.S. Adults
Publication: Psychology of Popular Media Culture
Author: Paul Wright, Robert S. Tokunaga, Soyoung Bae
Date: 12/31/2014

Extramarital sex is one of the most commonly cited reasons for divorce. U.S. adults who have more positive extramarital sex attitudes are more likely to engage in extramarital sex. Given pornography’s positive portrayal of extramarital sex, several recent studies have explored whether people who consume pornography have a more positive attitude toward extramarital sex. Consistent […]

The Associations Between Adolescents’ Consumption of Pornography and Music Videos and Their Sexting Behavior


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Title: The Associations Between Adolescents’ Consumption of Pornography and Music Videos and Their Sexting Behavior
Publication: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Author: Joris Van Ouytsel, Koen Ponnet, and Michel Walrave
Date: 12/01/2014

ABSTRACT Several scholars have argued that adolescents’ sexting behavior might be influenced by their media use. However, to date, empirical evidence of the link between media socialization and engagement in sexting behavior remains scarce. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether music video and pornography consumption are able to predict a range of sexting behaviors among […]

Internet porn is an experiment in dehumanization (The LA Times)


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Title: Internet porn is an experiment in dehumanization
Publication: The Los Angeles Times
Author: David Horsey
Date: 12/15/2014

You do not have to be a prude to worry about porn. Thanks to the Internet, Americans have been pushed, unwittingly, into a vast social experiment testing whether unfettered access to the most freakish and foul pornography will warp sexual relations for generations to come. The days of boys sneaking peeks at Playboy on a […]

How Porn Affects Men’s Relationships, Sexually and Emotionally


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Title: Pornography and the Male Sexual Script: An Analysis of Consumption and Sexual Relations
Publication: Archives of Sexual Behavior
Author: Chyng Sun, Ana Bridges, Jennifer Johnson, Matt Ezzell
Date: 12/03/2014

Abstract Pornography has become a primary source of sexual education. At the same time, mainstream commercial pornography has coalesced around a relatively homogenous script involving violence and female degradation. Yet, little work has been done exploring the associations between pornography and dyadic sexual encounters: What role does pornography play inside real-world sexual encounters between a man […]

The post-porn wave: why some young people are shunning videos of misogynistic sex


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Title: The post-porn wave: why some young people are shunning videos of misogynistic sex
Publication: The Independent
Author: Janey Stephenson
Date: 10/28/2014

There is concern in the UK over young people’s access to pornography: some want to block it, some want to see more vigilant age restrictions. Either way, the relationship that teenagers have with porn is rarely discussed with the nuance and patience it deserves. Today’s twenty-somethings are our lab rats: the first generation to go through puberty […]