3. Malamuth and Check (1980)

The experiment: male participants were randomly assigned to listen to three different short stories.

  • Group One: heard a story about a rape victim who becomes aroused while being raped.

  • Group Two: heard a story about a victim traumatized by a rape.

  • Group Three: heard a story about consensual sex.

Results: men in Group One believed that the victim had experienced less trauma than men in the other two groups.

A replication of this study in 1985 also found that men from Group One were significantly more likely to believe that women enjoy rape.


Malamuth and Check find a link between violent pornographic material and acceptance of rape myths the idea that women secretly want to be raped.

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