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Men’s magazine article associated with sexual aggression
July 6, 2016

By Darin Watkins, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

mens-fitness-magazinePULLMAN, Wash. – A recent article in Men’s Fitness magazine, “How to Turn a ‘No’ into a ‘Yes,’ ” has attracted angry messages on Twitter from readers who argue this approach encourages men to be sexually coercive. Research at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and the Department of Human Development at Washington State University shows why that’s true and why stories like this can promote sexual aggression.

Popular crime shows may help reduce sexual assault
October 8, 2015

By Darin Watkins, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Stacey-HustPULLMAN, Wash. – A new study reveals viewers of “Law and Order” have a better grasp of sexual consent than viewers of other crime dramas such as “CSI” or “NCIS,” suggesting that individuals who watch programs in which sexual predators are punished may avoid sexual predatory behavior in real life.

Men’s magazine reading, unwanted sexual behaviors linked
May 27, 2014

PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University say a recently published study suggests young men who read men’s magazines are more likely to engage in unwanted sexual activity. In contrast, study results suggest that women’s magazines have empowered women to refuse unwanted sexual activity.