Methodological issues in defining aggression for content analyses of sexually explicit material

McKee, Alan (2015) Methodological issues in defining aggression for content analyses of sexually explicit material. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44(1), pp. 81-87.

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Abstract

There exists an important tradition of content analyses of aggression in sexually explicit material. The majority of these analyses use a definition of aggression that excludes consent. This article identifies three problems with this approach. First, it does not distinguish between aggression and some positive acts. Second, it excludes a key element of healthy sexuality. Third, it can lead to heteronormative definitions of healthy sexuality. It would be better to use a definition of aggression such as Baron and Richardson's (1994) in our content analyses, that includes a consideration of consent. A number of difficulties have been identified with attending to consent but this article offers solutions to each of these.

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ID Code: 59559
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Pornography, Sexually Explicit Material (SEM), Aggression, Consent, Media effects
DOI: 10.1007/s10508-013-0253-3
ISSN: 1573-2800
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Gender Psychology (170105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
Copyright Statement: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10508-013-0253-3
Deposited On: 02 May 2013 00:13
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2016 22:19

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