Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 357–371 | Cite as

Violence and sexual violence in pornography: Is it really increasing?

  • Joseph E. Scott
  • Steven J. Cuvelier


Literature and research on the question of the increasingly violent nature of pornography is reviewed. In addition, the paper reports the findings of a content analysis of all cartoons and pictures in Hustler Magazine from 1974 through 1987. Results indicate that sexually violent cartoons and/or pictorials constitute a relatively small proportion of the total cartoons and pictorials. Moreover, no monotonic increase was found in such depictions over the 14-year period examined. In fact, a relatively small and constant proportion of violent and/or sexually violent depictions over this period is reported. These findings are examined in relation to previous research and societal concern about alleged increases in violent pornography as an explanation for increases in rape rates.

Key words

pornography violent pornography sexually violent pornography content analysis of pornography pornography and rape pornography and sexual aggression 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph E. Scott
    • 1
  • Steven J. Cuvelier
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Criminal Justice CenterSam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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