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Sexual violence as a sexual script in mainstream online pornography

Vera-Gray, Fiona and McGlynn, Clare and Kureshi, Ibad and Butterby, Kate (2021) 'Sexual violence as a sexual script in mainstream online pornography.', British journal of criminology. .

Abstract

This article examines the ways in which mainstream pornography positions sexual violence as a normative sexual script by analysing the video titles found on the landing pages of the three most popular pornography websites in the United Kingdom. The study draws on the largest research sample of online pornographic content to date and is unique in its focus on the content immediately advertised to a new user. We found that one in eight titles shown to first-time users on the first page of mainstream porn sites describe sexual activity that constitutes sexual violence. Our findings raise serious questions about the extent of criminal material easily and freely available on mainstream pornography websites and the efficacy of current regulatory mechanisms.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azab035
Publisher statement:© The Author(s) 2021. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date accepted:15 March 2021
Date deposited:17 March 2021
Date of first online publication:04 April 2021
Date first made open access:07 April 2021

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