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Women’s Pornography Consumption, Alcohol Use, and Sexual Victimization

Women’s Pornography Consumption, Alcohol Use, and Sexual VictimizationFull Article Name: Women’s Pornography Consumption, Alcohol Use, and Sexual Victimization

Open Access: No

Abstract

While research in recent years has investigated the influence of pornography consumption on sexually aggressive behavior, research on the relationship between pornography and experienced victimization is sparse. The current study sought to explore female sexual victimization and its relationship with pornography consumption and alcohol use at two universities (N = 483). Binary logistic regression analyses indicate that both pornography and alcohol consumption were unique predictors of self-reported victimization for college females and that the combined effect of pornography and alcohol dramatically increases the odds of victimization. Results are discussed in the context of pornography’s impact on the minimization of sexually aggressive acts in real life and campus rape culture.

    Relevance

    The study found that “women who reported consuming pornography regularly have 2.7 times the odds of being a victim compared with those who do not consume any pornography.” Furthermore, “participants who reported watching pornography and drinking a lot of alcohol…had five times the increased odds of being sexually victimized when compared with those who did not report watching pornography and reported drinking little to no alcohol.” Consuming pornography contributes to “promot[ing] the minimization of sexually aggressive behaviors and acts, therefore delaying or inhibiting a response from the victim.”

     

    Citation

    de, H. B., Prior, S., & Fejervary, J. (2020). Women’s pornography consumption, alcohol use, and sexual victimization. Violence against Women, 1077801220945035, 1077801220945035–1077801220945035. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801220945035