X Views and Counting: Interest in Rape-Oriented Pornography as Gendered Microaggression (2015)

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J Interpers Violence. 2015 Feb 26. pii: 0886260515573572. [Epub ahead of print]

Makin DA1, Morczek AL2.

  • 1Washington State University, Pullman, USA Dmakin@wsu.edu.
  • 2Washington State University, Pullman, USA.

Abstract

Academics and activists called to attention decades prior the importance of identifying, analyzing, and tracking the transmission of attitudes, behaviors, and norms correlated with violence against women. A specific call to attention reflected the media as a mode of transmission. This research builds on prior studies of media, with an emphasis on Internet search queries. Using Google search data, for the period 2004 to 2012, this research provides regional analysis of associated interest in rape-oriented pornography and pornographic hubs. Results indicate minor regional variations in interest, including the use of "BDSM" or "bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadomasochism" as a foundational query for use in trend analysis. Interest in rape-oriented pornography by way of pornographic hubs is discussed in the context of microaggression.

KEYWORDS:

Internet pornography; Internet search queries; macrolevel assessments; microaggression; rape culture; rape-oriented pornography