Edwards 2011 Myths

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Authors: Katie M. Edwards, Jessica A. Turchik, Christina M. Dardis, Nicole Reynolds, and Christine A. Gidycz

Title: Rape Myths

Subtitle: History, Individual and Institutional-Level Presence, and Implications for Change

Journal: Sex Roles: A Journal of Research

Volume: 65

Issue: 11-12

Year: December 2011

Pages: 761-773

ISSN: 0360-0025 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1573-2762 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: General History | European History, U.S. History | Society: Rape Myths

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Katie Edwards, Department of Psychology, University of New Hampshire

Jessica A. Turchik, School of Medicine, Stanford University

Abstract: »Rape myths, which are present at both the individual and institutional/societal levels, are one way in which sexual violence has been sustained and justified throughout history. In light of an increasing accumulation of rape myth research across a variety of disciplines, this paper proposes to use a feminist lens to provide an overview of the historical origins of rape myths, to document the current manifestations of these myths in American society, and to summarize the current body of research literature. We focus on the history of several specific rape myths (i.e., “husbands cannot rape their wives,” “women enjoy rape,” “women ask to be raped,” and “women lie about being raped”) and how these particular myths permeate current legal, religious, and media institutions (despite their falsehood). The paper concludes with suggestions for further research and describes how existing evidence could be used to aid in eradicating rape myths at both the individual and institutional levels.« [Source: Sex Roles]


  Introduction (p. 761)
  Definitions and Assessment of Rape Myths (p. 762)
  Evidence for the Existence of Rape Myths (p. 762)
  Review of Specific Rape Myths (p. 763)
    Husbands Cannot Rape Their Wives (p. 763)
    Women Enjoy Rape (p. 765)
    Women Ask to be Raped (p. 766)
    Women Lie About Being Raped (p. 767)
  Implications for Research and Change (p. 768)
    Directions for Research (p. 769)
    Directions for Individual and Institutional Change (p. 770)
    Acknowledgments (p. 771)
    References (p. 771)

Reprint: Edwards, Katie M., et al. »Rape Myths: History, Individual and Institutional-Level Presence, and Implications for Change.« Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader. Fourth Edition. Edited by Mindy Stombler et al. New York 2013.

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