2004
Volume 40, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 1384-6930
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7286

Abstract

Sexual objectification in a vampire romance: An experimental study towards the effect of the movie Twilight on self-objectification among adolescent girls

Sexual objectification in a vampire romance: An experimental study towards the effect of the movie Twilight on self-objectification among adolescent girls

The present study investigates whether self-objectification is induced by exposure to a popular, but sexually objectifying teenage movie (i.e. Twilight). To test this hypothesis, an experiment in 70 adolescent girls (Mage = 15,07, SDage = 1,51) was conducted. Results showed, first, a significant effect of the Twilight movie on self-objectification. Girls who had been exposed to Twilight reported a higher level of self-objectification in the posttest compared to the pretest and to the control group. Second, a significant interaction effect of exposure to Twilight and strong identification with the main character was found. Findings are discussed in light of objectification theory.

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