Methodological Issues in Defining Aggression for Content Analyses of Sexually Explicit Material

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Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2015, 44 (1), pp. 81 - 87
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© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York. There exists an important tradition of content analyses of aggression in sexually explicit material. The majority of these analyses use a definition of aggression that excludes consent. This article identifies three problems with this approach. First, it does not distinguish between aggression and some positive acts. Second, it excludes a key element of healthy sexuality. Third, it can lead to heteronormative definitions of healthy sexuality. It would be better to use a definition of aggression such as Baron and Richardson's (1994) in our content analyses, that includes a consideration of consent. A number of difficulties have been identified with attending to consent but this article offers solutions to each of these.
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