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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Agnich, Laura Elizabeth
Author's Email Address lagnich@vt.edu
URN etd-05212007-133600
Title Masculinities and Sexual Violence among a Sample of Clients of Street Prostitutes
Degree Master of Science
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hawdon, James E. Committee Chair
Bailey, Carol A. Committee Member
Fuhrman, Ellsworth R. Committee Member
  • Clients
  • Prostitution
  • Sex Work
  • Masculinities
  • Rape
  • Sexual Violence
Date of Defense 2007-05-08
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study was to determine the predictors of violent sexual ideology among a sample of clients of street prostitutes. Despite the abundance of feminist theory and research on prostitution and sexual violence, very little research examines clients of prostitutes, who have many opportunities to perpetrate sexual violence against women who engage in prostitution (Davis 1993). Because street prostitutes are structurally vulnerable to male violence due to the low respectability of their occupation, clients are especially important to study. Because violence against women and sex work has both been studied in relationship to masculinities, this study examined the relationship between marginalized masculinities and violent sexual ideology among 423 clients of street prostitutes. The sample studied was derived from the National Institute of Justice Clients of Street Prostitutes 1996-1999. Using OLS regressions, I determined the significant predictors of violent sexual ideology among these clients. I found that rape myth acceptance, frequency of pornography use, frequency of sex, age, frequency of thinking about sex, lower levels of sexual conservatism and lower levels of perceived attractiveness were significantly related to violent sexual ideology.

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