The effects of counter-information on the acceptance of rape myths

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Our review of the scientific literature (see Donnerstein, Linz, & Penrod, 1987) has led us to conclude that depictions of sexual violence in the media, under some conditions, promote certain antisocial attitudes and behavior. Specifically, we are most concerned about the detrimental effects of exposure to violent images in pornography and elsewhere that portray the myth that women enjoy or in some way benefit from rape, torture, or other forms of sexual violence. It is important to note, however, that the portrayal of this theme is not found only in pornography. Many mass media depictions that either contain little explicit sex or are only mildly sexually explicit often portray the same myth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPornography
Subtitle of host publicationResearch Advances and Policy Considerations
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781136461187
ISBN (Print)0805800328, 9780805806151
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Linz, D., & Donnerstein, E. I. (2012). The effects of counter-information on the acceptance of rape myths. In Pornography: Research Advances and Policy Considerations (pp. 259-288). Taylor and Francis.