Rape myths in the American movie industry : a content analysis and feminist criticism

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dc.contributor.advisor Thomsen, Steven R. en_US
dc.contributor.author Phillips, Julie D. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:36:53Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:36:53Z
dc.date.created 1995 en_US
dc.date.issued 1995
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1995 .P4 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/185124
dc.description.abstract This study explored rape depictions and rape myths in the mainstream American filmindustry. Four rape myths pervade American culture. The myths argue that women "ask" for rape, "deserve" rape, lie about rape, and are not really hurt by rape. These myths place blame on the victim and absolve the rapists on any wrongdoing. Furthermore, these myths attempt to justify male sexual aggression against women.This study explored film's portrayal of the rape event, the victim, the rapist, and the depiction of specific rape myths. A content analysis of 16 American films released between 1982 and 1994 revealed 27 victims of rape. The content analysis also provided a descriptive analysis of the rape event while a feminist analysis revealed the films' underlying ideological underpinnings.The content analysis revealed that the films distort rape by consistently portraying the rapist and victim as young white, middle class men and women. Additionally, the relationship between victim and rapist was distorted as well as the legal aftermath of the rape.The feminist analysis revealed that films perpetuate rape myths more frequently than they challenge these myths. In some instances, films presented the reality of rape, particularly the environment the victim would enter. Most films, however, advanced patriarchal beliefs about rape.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Journalism
dc.format.extent x, 121 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Rape. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women in motion pictures. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Feminism and motion pictures. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sex in motion pictures. en_US
dc.title Rape myths in the American movie industry : a content analysis and feminist criticism en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/941729 en_US


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