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
JournalJournal of Gender Studies
Early online date26 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished online - 26 Dec 2017


  • discourse analysis
  • gender violence
  • masculinity
  • pornography
  • revenge porn
  • social media
  • ICTs


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