An Analysis of Sexual Violence in Contemporary Horror Films and Implications for Media
Sexual violence in pervasive across the world; yet strikingly, there is strong evidence indicating even greater prevalence amongst college-aged youth. Specifically, reports highlight that 1 in 4 women experience sexual interpersonal violence during collegiate years and 1 in 6 men. Such violence may greatly impact the social, emotional, and physical wellbeing of students throughout their collegiate years and may transcend to their adult life. Given the harmful biopsychosocial effects of sexual interpersonal violence as well as the denial of humanity through such acts, it is vital to address sexual violence amongst college-aged youth. Importantly, media may be a vital form of intervention for this age group. Importantly, Wright and Tokunaga (2016) provide evidence that the media is informing attitudes about violence. Notably, horror films may serve as a necessary form for commentary on this global health concern for college campuses and contrast the narratives about violence that are expressed through other forms of media. Contemporary horror films highlight the prevalence of sexual violence in institutions—uniquely challenging the social and political factors that precipitate sexual violence and provoking viewers to reassess how sexual violence is perpetuated. Given the capability of horror films as an instrument for social change, the purpose of this study was to analyze contemporary horror films through thematic analysis to highlight common motifs across the various portrayals of rape, assault, and harassment.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant - Auburn University