Revenge pornography and manhood acts: A discourse analysis of perpetrators’ accounts

Matthew Hall, Jeff Hearn

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Revenge pornography (hereafter, revenge porn) is the online, sometimes offline, non-consensual distribution or sharing, of explicit images of someone else by ex-partners, partners, others or hackers seeking revenge or entertainment – also referred to as non-consensual pornography. The vast majority of revenge porn is committed by men on women ex-partners. In this paper, we discursively analyse men’s electronic texts accompanying their posting of explicit images on arguably the most popular revenge porn-specific website Situating our analysis as a contemporary form of online gendered violence and abuse, we show the complex ways in which manhood acts are invoked by men to account for their practices. The impacts on victims/survivors and possible interventions are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-170
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Gender Studies
Issue number2
Early online date26 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2019


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