Sex Roles

, Volume 43, Issue 9–10, pp 645–664 | Cite as

The Effects of Viewing R-rated Movie Scenes That Objectify Women on Perceptions of Date Rape

  • Michael A. Milburn
  • Roxanne Mather
  • Sheree D. Conrad
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Abstract

The contribution of sexualized images of women in the media to rape and beliefs that support rape has been the subject of considerable research. The present study tested the effects of viewing scenes from R-rated popular films on perceptions of female responsibility for and enjoyment of either a date rape or a stranger rape, using a sample of participants that was both ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. Participants viewed either nonviolent scenes that objectified and degraded women sexually or scenes from an animation festival. In a supposedly unrelated second experiment, participants then read a fictitious magazine account of a date rape or a stranger rape. Results indicated a significant three-way interaction among gender, video condition, and rape scenario on perceptions of the rape, such that males who viewed the sexually objectifying video felt that the victim in the date-rape condition experienced pleasure and “got what she wanted.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Milburn
    • 1
  • Roxanne Mather
    • 1
  • Sheree D. Conrad
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of Massachusetts/Boston

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