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 analyze 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
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Gender Studies
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)158-170
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • revenge
  • pornography
  • ICTs
  • online
  • violence
  • sexuality


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