Aggression and sexual behavior in best-selling pornography videos: a content analysis update

Violence Against Women. 2010 Oct;16(10):1065-85. doi: 10.1177/1077801210382866.


This current study analyzes the content of popular pornographic videos, with the objectives of updating depictions of aggression, degradation, and sexual practices and comparing the study's results to previous content analysis studies. Findings indicate high levels of aggression in pornography in both verbal and physical forms. Of the 304 scenes analyzed, 88.2% contained physical aggression, principally spanking, gagging, and slapping, while 48.7% of scenes contained verbal aggression, primarily name-calling. Perpetrators of aggression were usually male, whereas targets of aggression were overwhelmingly female. Targets most often showed pleasure or responded neutrally to the aggression.

MeSH terms

  • Aggression*
  • Erotica*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Offenses / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Social Environment
  • Social Marketing
  • Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
  • Video Recording / statistics & numerical data*