On the Perils of Living Dangerously in the Slasher Horror Film: Gender Differences in the Association Between Sexual Activity and Survival

  title={On the Perils of Living Dangerously in the Slasher Horror Film: Gender Differences in the Association Between Sexual Activity and Survival},
  author={Andrew Welsh},
  journal={Sex Roles},
  • A. Welsh
  • Published 2010
  • Psychology
  • Sex Roles
The slasher horror film has been deplored based on claims that it depicts eroticized violence against predominately female characters as punishment for sexual activities. To test this assertion, a quantitative content analysis was conducted to examine the extent to which gender differences are evident in the association between character survival and engagement in sexual activities. Information pertaining to gender, engagement in sexual activities, and survival was coded for film characters… Expand
Lady and the Vamp: Roles, Sexualization, and Brutalization of Women in Slasher Films
Slasher films are known for their graphic depictions of sex, brutalization and death. Many argue that these films sexualize and punish female characters. A content analysis of 48 influential slasherExpand
“There are Certain Rules that One Must Abide by”: Predictors of Mortality in Slasher Films
Slasher films, a popular and lucrative sub-genre of horror movie, are often thought to be characterized by violence, gratuitous sexual content and specific, repetitive tropes; however, although theseExpand
Men in Mourning
This study evaluates the portrayal of sixteen recently widowed male characters in US mainstream film (2002–2011) through ethnographic content analysis. The depicted expectations for bereaved men inExpand
You can't escape: inside and outside the ‘slasher’ movie
Since the 1970s, the ‘slasher’ movie, with its violence towards women and the surviving ‘final girl’, has been a constant presence in the horror genre to the delight of some and the perplexed dismayExpand
The Representation of Women in the Horror Movies: A Study in Selected Horror Movies
Horror can be defined as an intense and painful fear, dread or dismay. It evokes and elicits such kind of emotions in the reader, when rendered in television or cinema. It is a literary genre, whichExpand
Sticking to the Script: Sexual Scripts in the Slasher Sub-Genre
OF THESIS STICKING TO THE SCRIPT: SEXUAL SCRIPTS IN THE SLASHER SUB-GENRE The “slasher” sub-genre has been immensely popular, even spawning television shows that invoke the familiar slasherExpand
Mad Men in Bib Overalls: Media’s Horrification and Pornification of Rural Culture
The media play a key role in stereotyping as “ignorant and uncouth hillbillies” people who live in rural US communities. As well, since the early 1970s, popular films frequently portray rural areasExpand
Sexually Violent Women : As Seen on TV
Female sex offenders (FSOs) constitute a minority of the justice system and representations of sex offenders in television crime dramas. Previous research on FSOs has focused on the ways in whichExpand
Final Girls and Female Serial Killers: A Review of the Slasher Television Series from a Gender Perspective
The purpose of this chapter is to evaluate the representation and evolution of female characters in slasher television series, exploring the relationship among the killer, the final girl and the restExpand
Titillation, Murder, and Romance: Hollywood’s Objectification of Women College Students
As women began outnumbering men in college enrollments in the 1970s, a backlash against independent, assertive women appeared in Hollywood’s female-centered college movies. During the 1970s–1980s,Expand


Sex and Violence in the Slasher Horror Film: A Content Analysis of Gender Differences in the Depiction of Violence
The slasher horror film has been the subject of frequent criticism based on the assumption that female characters in these films are more likely to be the victims of serious, graphic violence that isExpand
Gender and survival vs. death in slasher films: A content analysis
The content of slasher films was examined, focusing on what portion of the violence is directed toward and committed by women vs. men and the survival rates, the juxtaposition of sex and violence forExpand
Sex and Violence in Slasher Films: Re-examining the Assumptions
A content analysis of popular 1990s slasher films found more acts of violence than similar films from the 1980s. Recent slasher films rarely mix scenes of sex and violence. This finding calls intoExpand
The Effects of Multiple Exposures to Filmed Violence Against Women
Much concern has been expressed over what is perceived to be an increasing trend toward the portrayal of brutality against women in the media. Some individuals contend that the continual portrayal ofExpand
Are “slasher” horror films sexually violent? A content analysis
Diverse viewpoints have emerged over whether male or female characters endure the brunt of the violence depicted in the subgenre of horror movies commonly referred to as “slasher” films. In order toExpand
Profile: Sex, violence, and victimization in slasher films
A content analysis of 30 slasher films released in 7980, 7985, and 1989 reveals that females are not featured most often as the targets of slashers; a significantly higher number of deaths andExpand
This article focuses on the social construction of femininity in a reality television program, America's Most Wanted. The program blurs fact and fiction in reenactments of actual crimes. The analysisExpand
Women's Reactions to Sexually Aggressive Mass Media Depictions
Women exposed to the mildly sexually explicit, graphically violent stimuli were less sensitive toward the victim in the rape trial than were other film subjects, and no differences were obtained between the film groups and the no-exposure control group on women's views of themselves. Expand
Crime in the Movies: Investigating the Efficacy of Measures of Both Sex and Gender for Predicting Victimization and Offending in Film
In the wake of several recent school shootings claims have been made that teens, particularly males, learn violence from the media. This paper investigates depictions of criminals and victims inExpand
Differential gender effects of exposure to rap music on African American adolescents' acceptance of teen dating violence
The purpose of the present study was to assess the effects of exposure to nonviolent rap music on African American adolescents' perceptions of teen dating violence. African American male and femaleExpand