Exposure to Pornography and Acceptance of Rape Myths (1995)

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  1. Mike Allen1,
  2. Tara Emmers2,
  3. Lisa Gebhardt3 and
  4. Mary A. Giery4

DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.1995.tb00711.x

Journal of Communication

Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 5–26, March 1995

Abstract

This paper quantitatively summarizes the literature examining the association between acceptance of rape myths and exposure to pornography. In this meta-analysis, nonexperimental methodology shows almost no effect (exposure to pornography does not increase rape myth acceptance), while experimental studies show positive effect (exposure to pornography does increase rape myth acceptance). Although the experimental studies demonstrate that violent pornography has more effect than nonviolent pornography, nonviolent pornography still demonstrates an effect.