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Why Media Matter: Media Effects on Stalking Myth Endorsement  

Author:  Julia R.  Lippman.

Source: Volume 22, Number 01, October/November 2016 , pp.5-7(3)

Domestic Violence Report

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The author presents findings from her own research study posing the question: Is there reason to believe that movies affect how we view stalking? Movies depicting persistent pursuit influence the extent to which women endorse the myth that “stalking is love”. Using depictions of romantic pursuit and scary pursuit the study findings suggest the need to take seriously the role of media in efforts to reduce gendered violence.

Keywords: Every Breath You Take; extreme lengths to win over the objects of their affection; Social cognitive information processing theory; rape myth endorsement; stalking myth endorsement; unwanted pursuits as romantic

Affiliations:  1: Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

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