Pornography and Sexual Aggression

Pornography and Sexual Aggression

1st Edition - October 26, 1984

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  • Editor: Neil M. Malamuth
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483295794

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Pornography and Sexual Aggression is an analysis of the various facets of pornography and sexual aggression and possible linkages between them. This 11-chapter work focuses on the causes of male aggression against women that may or may not occur within a sexual context, as well as on possible causes of sexual aggression that are not directly related to pornography. After a historical perspective on pornography research, this book goes on presenting the findings of a series of experimental studies that primarily focuses on the effects of violent or aggressive pornography fantasies, attitudes, beliefs, and aggressive behavior. The role of such factors as individual differences in aggressive inclinations, emotional states, and situational inhibitions in mediating the impact of aggressive pornography is also examined. These topics are followed by discussions of the ability of a theoretical model based on physiological arousal and emotional reactions, as well as the various individual difference variables that may affect reactions to pornography. Other chapters review the correlational data both within the United States and other areas of the world, along with some psychological and communicative factors that may cause sexual aggression. The concluding chapters describe the implications for legal change of some of the research, particularly on violent pornography. This book will prove useful to psychologists, psychiatrists, and behaviorists.

Table of Contents


  • Contributors

    Preface

    Introduction: Pornography and Sex Research

    Investigations of the Effects of Pornography

    Sexual Depictions in History and Prehistory

    The Effects of Exposure to Sexual Images

    A Concluding Caution

    References

    I. Aggressive Pornography, Individual Differences and Aggression

    1. Aggression against Women: Cultural and Individual Causes

    Overview

    Individual Differences: Propensity to Rape

    Cultural Factors: Aggressive Pornography

    Changes Induced by Exposure to Aggressive Pornography

    The Interaction Between Cultural and Individual Causes

    Conclusions and Directions for Future Research

    References

    2. Pornography: Its Effect on Violence Against Women

    Introduction

    Nonaggressive Pornography and Aggression Against Women

    Aggressive Pornography: A More Direct Relationship

    Conclusion

    References

    II. Experimental Studies on Pornography and Aggression

    3. Arousal, Affect, and the Aggression-Moderating Effect of Erotica

    Introduction

    Nonaggressive Erotica and Aggressive Behavior

    Aggressive and Deviant Pornography and Aggressive Behavior

    Individual Differences in Response to Erotica

    Summary

    References

    4. Effects of Massive Exposure to Pornography

    A Two-Component Model of Effects on Aggression

    Frequent Exposure, Excitatory Habituation, and Valence Changes

    Recent Research on the Effects of Massive Exposure

    A Call for Longitudinal Research

    References

    III. Correlation and Cross-Cultural Studies on Pornography and Aggression

    5. Sex and Violence: A Ripple Effect

    Shortcomings of Previous Pornography Studies

    Studying Porno-Violence and Society

    The Evidence for Reduction in Sex Crimes: Limitations of the Data

    Alternative Interpretations of Trends

    Arguments for an Association Between Rape and Porno-Violence

    Propositions for an Association Between Rape and Porno-Violence

    Discussion

    References

    6. Pornography in Japan: Cross-Cultural and Theoretical Considerations

    Historical Perspective

    Pornography in Japan in 1984

    Cross-Cultural and Theoretical Considerations

    References

    7. Sexual Stratification, Pornography, and Rape in the United States

    The Feminist View of Rape

    Data and Methods

    The Status of Women and Rape

    Pornography and Rape

    Nonsexual Violence and Rape

    Multiple Regression Analysis

    Summary and Conclusions

    References

    IV. Causes of Sexual Aggression: Psychological and Communicative Factors

    8. Sexually Aggressive Men: Empirical Findings and Theoretical Implications

    Identifying Sexually Aggressive Men

    Empirical Findings

    Theoretical Implications and Directions for Future Research

    Conclusions

    References

    9. Sexual Signaling and Sexual Aggression in Adolescent Relationships

    The Survey Sample

    The Sexual Signal System

    Difficult Encounters

    Justifying Assault

    Conclusion

    References

    V. Legal Implications of Research on Pornography and Sexual Aggression

    10. Using Psychological Research on Violent Pornography to Inform Legal Change

    State of the Law

    Obscenity and Law in the 1980s

    Quasi-Legal Solutions

    Summary and Conclusions

    References

    11. Bases of Liability for Injuries Produced by Media Portrayals of Violent Pornography

    Civil Liability and the Constitution

    Using Social Science Data on the Effects of Violent Pornography in a Civil Suit

    Summary and Conclusions

    References

    Afterword: Sex, Violence, and the Media: Where Do We Stand Now?

    Problems with Exploring Pornography

    General Theory on Sex, Violence, and the Media

    Robustness of Experimental Support for the General Theory

    Defects of Experimental Literature

    Conclusion

    References

    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 333
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1984
  • Published: October 26, 1984
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483295794

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Neil M. Malamuth

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