Age is in the Eye of the Beholder: Examining the Cues Employed to Construct the Illusion of Youth in Teen Pornography

Peters, Evyn M., Morrison, Todd G., McDermott, Daragh T., Bishop, C. J. and Kiss, Mark (2014) Age is in the Eye of the Beholder: Examining the Cues Employed to Construct the Illusion of Youth in Teen Pornography. Sexuality and Culture, 18 (3). pp. 527-546. ISSN 1936-4822

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Past research has identified a subgenre of mainstream pornography that attempts to create the illusion for consumers that sex is occurring between an adult and a minor (i.e., a child or young adolescent under the age of 18). This illusion is established through various textual, verbal, visual, and behavioural cues. Although the construction of adult–minor relationships in pornography has received some scholarly attention, there has been no attempt to investigate this phenomenon within pornographic videos available via the Internet. The current study addressed this omission by analyzing for content 150 of the most popular “teen” pornography videos available on three pornography websites. We coded for textual, visual, verbal, and behavioural content that connoted sexual activity between an adult and a minor. Results indicated that a small number of videos (28, 18.7 % of the sample) contained a disproportionate percentage of cues (54.2 %), with the remaining videos containing little or no youth sexualized content. We conclude that only a subsample of videos clearly attempted to portray adult–minor relationships. The prevalence of various cues within the sample was quantified and discussed, as were limitations associated with this study and directions for future research.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Pornography, Internet, Content Analysis, Media, Sexually explicit material
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Dr Daragh McDermott
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2017 10:51
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 19:02

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