Obscenity law and sexually explicit rap music: Understanding the effects of sex, attitudes, and beliefs

  • Dixon T
  • Linz D
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Abstract

Investigated listeners' judgments regarding the offensiveness of sexually explicit lyrics found in rap music. 161 ethnically diverse college students were exposed to music and lyrics in a 2 (S's sex) x 2 (2 Live Crew Rap vs Non-Rap music) x 3 (high, medium, or low sexual explicitness) factorial design. They then made judgments of patent offensiveness, prurient appeal, and artistic merit regarding 2 Live Crew and rap music in general. Results indicate that the 2 Live Crew music that was high in sexual explicitness was rated as more patently offensive than other equally sexually explicit materials. Surprisingly, women did not find the 2 Live Crew more offensive than men. Rebellious sexual attitudes, the belief that rap music causes societal degradation, and disaffection toward society, helped predict S responses to all materials on patent offensiveness and prurient appeal scales. Appreciation of linguistic exaggeration, popularly known as "playing the dozens," and African American humor

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  • Travis L. Dixon

  • Daniel G. Linz

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