Aggressive erotica and violence against women

Edward Donnerstein

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Examined the effects of aggressive-erotic stimuli on male aggression toward females when 120 male undergraduates were angered or treated in a neutral manner by a male or female confederate. Ss were then shown either a neutral, erotic, or aggressive-erotic film and given an opportunity to aggress against the male or female via the delivery of electric shock. Results indicate that the aggressive-erotic film was effective in increasing aggression overall and that it produced the highest increase in aggression against the female. Even nonangered Ss showed an increase in aggression toward the female after viewing the aggressive-erotic film. (33 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-277
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1980
Externally publishedYes


  • erotic film &
  • neutral vs aggressive vs aggressive &
  • neutral vs angry interaction with male vs female, aggression toward female vs male, male college students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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