Female roles affect attitudes toward women in sexually violent scenes

09/4/2012 | Atlantic online, The

Regardless of the level of sexual violence in a television show, depictions of female characters affected emotional responses and attitudes toward women in viewers, according to a study involving college students in the U.S. The study found that women who watched submissive female characters in "The Tudors" and "Masters of Horror" became more anxious than those who watched "Law and Order: SVU" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and men who watched submissive female characters reported having more negative attitudes toward women.

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