Fraternity Membership, the Display of Degrading Sexual Images of Women, and Rape Myth Acceptance

  title={Fraternity Membership, the Display of Degrading Sexual Images of Women, and Rape Myth Acceptance},
  author={E. Timothy Bleecker and Sarah K. Murnen},
  journal={Sex Roles},
The present study was conducted to learn more about the association between fraternity membership and attitudes and behaviors associated with sexual aggression against women. A male experimenter took digital pictures of all of the images of women displayed in the rooms of 30 fraternity men and 30 non-fraternity men on a residential, small, liberal arts college campus. The men also filled out a rape myth acceptance scale. A total of 91 images were found in the form of posters, “pin-ups… 

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