Gendered violence and sexualized representations in video games:(Lack of) effect on gender-related attitudes

Cross, L. and Kaye, L.K. and Savostijanovs, J. and McLatchie, N. and Johnston, M. and Whiteman, L. and Mooney, R. and Atherton, G. (2022) Gendered violence and sexualized representations in video games:(Lack of) effect on gender-related attitudes. New Media and Society. ISSN 1461-4448

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Abstract

This research explored how gender portrayals in video games affect gender-related attitudes. Two hundred participants from the United Kingdom and Malaysia participated across three experiments, where the appearance and behaviour of video game characters were manipulated with regard to target (enemy) gender (Study 1), sexually explicit attire (Study 2) and level of character agency (Study 3). We found minimal evidence that exposure to gender-stereotyped content resulted in differential gender-related attitudes (implicit associations, hostile and benevolent sexism, or rape myth acceptance). However, Study 1 findings showed that individuals who played a first-person shooter with male enemies showed lower endorsement of some (benevolent) sexist attitudes (cf. control) and showed difference in game behaviour (cf. female enemies). Together, our results suggest that short-term exposure to video games containing female characters (sexualised, passive, or otherwise) does not consistently lead to the endorsement of negative gender attitudes.

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Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
New Media and Society
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166569
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Deposited On:
24 Feb 2022 16:20
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Yes
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Published
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03 May 2022 04:26