Effects of violent pornography upon viewer's rape myth beliefs: A study of Japanese males (1994)

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Psychology, Crime & Law

Volume 1, 1994 - Issue 1

Ken-Ichi Ohbuchi , Tatsuhiko Ikeda & Goya Takeuchi

Pages 71-81 | Published online: 04 Jan 2008

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10683169408411937

Abstract

In order to examine the effects of pornography on beliefs in rape myths among Japanese men, the subjects' beliefs were measured before and after exposure to home video pornography. Before the exposure, 150 male students were asked to respond to scales regarding rape myths and rape proclivity. Of that number, seventy-two voluntarily participated in the film experiment and post-exposure measurement of rape myths. They viewed either a positive rape film in which a female victim expressed pleasure, a negative rape film in which she expressed pain, or a consenting sex film. The film viewing resulted in measurable effects on the subjects' subscription to rape myths, that is, those who viewed positive rape film rated that significantly higher percentages of women could enjoy rapes, as well as higher percentages of rape cases were invented by the victims, than those who viewed the films of the other two categories, The subjects' rape proclivity assessment correlated positively with some measures of belief in rape myths, but it was not observed to interact with the effects of pornography upon the beliefs.

Key Words: violent pornographyrape mythsrape proclivityJapanese