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The objectification of women in mainstream porn videos in Australia

McKee, Alan (2005) The objectification of women in mainstream porn videos in Australia. The Journal of Sex Research, 42(4), pp. 277-290.

Abstract

This paper measures the degree to which women are objectified in mainstream pornographic videos in Australia, using twelve measures of objectification. Seven of the measures allow for direct comparison of female and male objectification. Of these, one shows women being more objectified than men (presence of orgasms, where women have fewer orgasms). Three show men being more objectified than women (in time spent looking at camera, where men return the gaze significantly less; in time spent talking to the camera, where they are also less engaged; and in initiating sex, where men are more sexual objects than active sexual subjects in seeking their sexual pleasure in the sample). Three measures showed no difference in objectification between men and women (naming, central characters and time spent talking to other characters).

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ID Code: 14545
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Women, Pornography & obscenity, Video, Sexual behavior
ISSN: 0022-4499
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [The Journal of Sex Research 42(4):pp. 277-290.]
Deposited On: 28 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:03

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