8. Donnerstein and Linz (1985)

The experiment: Divided groups of participants exposed to 10 hours of violent porn, non-violent porn, or R-rated “slasher” movies, plus a control group who saw nothing.

All participants then shown a documentary reenactment of a real rape trial, and then asked to assess the female victim.

The results:

  • Participants who had seen the slasher films found the victim to be more responsible for being raped, more worthless, and her injury less severe.

  • Results were largely the same for participants who had seen the X-rated violent films.

  • Participants exposed to non-violent porn showed no significant results.

Conclusion:  Contradicts Zillmann and Bryant’s finding that even non-violent porn elicits trivialization of rape.

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