Introduction

The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

March 9, 2013

ART: A review of the role of radical feminist theories in the understanding of rape myth acceptance

Authors: Louise Maxwell & Graham Scott
Title: A review of the role of radical feminist theories in the understanding of rape myth acceptance
Subtitle: -
Journal: Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice
Year: February 27, 2013 (Version of record first published)
ISSN: 1355-2600 - eISSN: 1742-6545
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »Research into rape myth acceptance (RMA) first emerged in the 1970s, when authors such as Brownmiller (1975) and Burt (1980) proposed that rape was a mechanism that allowed men to exert power over women and that the endorsement of rape myths justified this sexual dominance. These influential theories have meant that subsequent definitions of rape myths have failed to acknowledge male victims of serious sexual assault, despite an increase in prevalence rates. More recent research has attempted to explore RMA in relation to male victims, with results suggesting that men are more likely than women to endorse rape myths regarding male victims when the victim is assumed to be homosexual, or when the victim is heterosexual and the perpetrator is female. Brownmiller's theory is challenged and a more holistic view of the importance of sex-role traditionality is explored, while acknowledging the contribution of individual factors relating to the development of RMA.« [Source: Journal of Sexual Aggression]