Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall
The British University in Egypt · Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy
Currently working with colleagues on topics involving on- and off-line gendered sexual violences, abuses, & violations.

About

61
Publications
34,500
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
465
Citations
Introduction
Dr Matthew Hall is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department of Psychology at the British University in Egypt, and an Editor at the Journal of Gender Studies. As an interdisciplinary scholar he has worked on public, private and not-for-profit projects. His current research involves online gendered sexual violences, abuses, and violations.
Additional affiliations
July 2021 - present
The University of Northampton
Position
  • External Examiner
Description
  • External examiner for MSc Psychology, Faculty of Health, Education and Society, University of Northampton
October 2018 - June 2021
Arden University
Position
  • Programme Leader
August 2017 - August 2018
Ulster University
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
April 2020 - September 2020
Higher Education Academy
Field of study
  • Education
November 2019 - January 2021
Arden University
Field of study
  • Psychology
January 2008 - February 2014
Nottingham Trent University
Field of study
  • Social Psychology

Publications

Publications (61)
Article
In this paper, we examine the nature and limits of violence by way of a comparison of the physical violence and online violation, in terms of their form, structure and effects. We explore similarities and dissimilarities in what precedes the event, perpetrator intentions and motivations, the forms and types of violence, the medium through which the...
Preprint
Full-text available
Political instability in Zimbabwe since the late 1990s resulted in a swelling of Zimbabwean political asylum seekers in the UK. Living in a developed liberal democracy may challenge traditional intimate relationship norms for both husbands and wives. A snowball sample of 30 interviews were conducted over a period of six months in 2019 with particip...
Article
Full-text available
‘Upskirting’ is the action or practice of surreptitiously taking photographs or videos up a female’s skirt or dress. In the UK it is an offence. However, internationally, laws are uneven. Understanding how perpetrators account for their actions becomes an important question. Here we present the findings of our thematic analysis of posts on the ‘up...
Book
Provides a refreshing alternative to current approaches by exploring wider (mis)use of substances for perceived cognitive enhancement. Maximizes reader insights by showing the complex reasons substance adoption, the ways in which they are (mis)used, and links between use and cognitive enhancement concerns. Offers valuable supplementary informatio...
Chapter
Full-text available
Modafinil is a prescription-only substance in the UK for the treatment of disorders such as narcolepsy. Soldiers have also used this substance as an alternative to amphetamines in situations where they face long periods of sleep deprivation. More recently, the substance has become increasingly popular for enhancing cognitive performance, for exampl...
Article
Full-text available
In a recent issue of NOTA News (No. 82, July/August 2017), we wrote about “revenge pornography” (‘Pornography: Non-consensual, Vengeful, Online’). Here, we continue this discussion with a broader take on the impact of new technologies on violation, abuse and harassment.
Poster
Full-text available
The importance and centrality of measuring direct physical violence in the measurement and analysis of violence is well recognized and widely debated (Walby et al., 2016). Physical violence is clearly of utmost importance, yet is not the whole story; indeed, some victims/survivors of ‘domestic violence’ and gendered interpersonal violence report no...
Chapter
Full-text available
Violation by way of the distribution of sexual images or imagebased sexual abuse or non-consensual “pornography”, or more colloquially and simply, “revenge porn”, entail the online, at times offline, non-consensual distribution, or sharing, of explicit images of someone else for seeking revenge, entertainment or political motives. Although male ex-...
Article
Full-text available
Revenge pornography is the online, and at times offline, non-consensual distribution, or sharing, of explicit images by ex-partners, partners, others, or hackers seeking revenge or entertainment. In this article, we discursively analyse a selected range of electronic written texts accompanying explicit images posted by self-identified straight/gay/...
Technical Report
Full-text available
Setting aside for one moment the unique security environment, the current political situation and the recent history of Northern Ireland, this report has identified some common themes that run through the whole Armed Forces community across the United Kingdom, and indeed internationally too. Veterans, we know from other studies, face barriers to ac...
Technical Report
Full-text available
The gap between perception and reality in the context of the Armed Forces community, and specifically for ex-Service personnel, damages opportunities and unbalances sensible policy decisions. Addressing the gap has to start with a clear and evidence-based understanding of what are both the perceptions and the reality. This particular research there...
Article
Full-text available
This exploratory study was designed to investigate how young women make sense of their decision to post selfies, and perceived links between selfie posting and body image. Eighteen 19-22 year old British women were interviewed about their experiences of taking and posting selfies, and interviews were analysed using inductive thematic analysis. Wome...
Technical Report
Full-text available
Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons select committee: The Women and Equalities Committee ‘Sexual harassment of women and girls in public places inquiry’ by: Dr Matthew Hall & Professor Jeff Hearn
Article
Full-text available
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-pa...
Technical Report
Full-text available
The Northern Ireland Veterans Health and Well-being Study will result in a series of inter-related yet distinct reports. In the first of these reports I suggested that it marked the beginning rather than the destination itself. It’s not a surprise, then, that the publication of this latest report, on current and future needs of veterans in Northern...
Article
Full-text available
This study investigated how women constructed body image following cancer. Four women, aged 32–67 years, who had experienced breast or bowel cancer took part in a 2-hour, in-depth focus group. Discourse analysis revealed that women orientated to positive aspects of the post-treatment body (silhouette, trust, acceptance) while acknowledging that the...
Chapter
Full-text available
Chapter
Full-text available
Book
Full-text available
Facilitated by developments in technologies, the non-consensual posting of sexually explicit images of someone else for revenge, entertainment or political motive – so called ‘revenge porn’ – has become a global phenomenon. This ground breaking book argues that these fundamental and recurring issues about how victims are violated can be understood...
Article
Full-text available
Fran Vicary, who has had cerebral palsy from birth, recently claimed (The Guardian, February 20, 2014) most people with a disability seek to express themselves sexually. Arguing from personal experience, she said the expression of sexual desire is a much contested space for those with disabilities because their sexualities and bodies are controlled...
Book
Full-text available
This innovative edited collection brings together leading international academics to explore the use of various non-prescription and prescription substances for the purpose of perceived body image enhancement. While studies on drug misuse to date have examined drug use in the context of sporting performance, addiction, and body image for particular...
Chapter
Full-text available
Synthol is an injectable oil used by bodybuilders to make muscles appear bigger. Widely available on the Internet, it is reported to carry a wide range of health risks and side effects such as localized skin problems, nerve damage and oil filled cysts, as well as muscle damage and the development of scar tissue. Given the tension between health ris...
Chapter
Full-text available
This book evaluates the emergence of, and apparent increasing use of, non-prescription and prescription drugs in changing appearance. It will focus both on drugs used for weight loss and those used for muscle building. Many of these drugs have health risks and harmful side effects. This makes an understanding of their effects and motivations for th...
Article
Full-text available
It seems many men continue to be obsessed with their penis and especially its size and look. Two-thirds of men in a recent UK study reported some dissatisfaction with their genitals. Arguably much of this anxiety is perpetuated by the media and marketers, but it may also follow more general trends in male body image consciousness. Marketers have be...
Article
Full-text available
Synthol is an injectable oil used by bodybuilders to make muscles appear bigger. Widely available on the Internet, it is reported to carry a wide range of health risks and side effects such as localised skin problems, nerve damage and oil filled cysts, as well as muscle damage and the development of scar tissue. Given the tension between health ris...
Chapter
Full-text available
It seems many men continue to be obsessed with their penis and especially its size and look. Two thirds of men in a recent UK study (Veale et al., 2013) reported some dissatisfaction with their genitals. Arguably much of this anxiety is perpetuated by the media and marketeers, but may also follow more general trends in male body-image consciousness...
Article
Full-text available
Abstract Ephedrine use in sport is a common practice among men (Magkos & Kavouras, 2004). Less well-understood is men's use of ephedrine as a slimming aid. Arguably fuelled by the 'war on obesity' and the drive for muscularity (Grogan, 2008; 2010) the internet has become awash with claims presenting ephedrine as safe. The use of this psychoactive s...
Book
Full-text available
Modern men the world over are becoming increasingly fascinated with their image, spending more of their disposable income on beautification products and services. Indeed, many men report these as essential for employment and social progression. But do these relatively new developments – aspects of so called metrosexuality - signal a challenge to th...
Chapter
Full-text available
Today's men are less limited than previous generations and do things their fathers would have eschewed, including spending lots of time and money on 'grooming' products and services (moisturiser, body hair removal, even make-up). Our research with 'metrosexual men' and men on weight loss programmes shows that (heterosexual) men are indeed intereste...
Thesis
Full-text available
The recent critical focus on men and masculinities purports challenges to the dominance of ‘hegemonic’ or idealised dominant masculine scripts (Connell, 1995). Men’s increasing consumption of image enhancement products and especially facial cosmetics – aspects of so-called ‘metrosexuality’ (Simpson, 1994, 2002) – constitute one such example. Schola...
Chapter
Full-text available
The growth and popularity of the numerous Internet computer-mediated communication channels has opened up new and exciting avenues for advertising. Social media advertising on social networks, product and service review pages, YouTube videos and Internet forums are some of the most effective forms of marketing (Tuten, 2008). However, although comme...
Chapter
Full-text available
In this chapter we consider how heterosexual men are investing in their appearance in light of the contemporary consumerist promotion of body perfection on the one hand and the ‘obesity epidemic’ on the other. We draw on studies of male ‘metrosexual’ cosmetic use and men engaged in weight management projects to examine how men account for their inv...
Article
Full-text available
The new millennium saw the emergence of two competing discourses in US pop culture on young women's sexuality: ‘girls gone wild’ and ‘new virgins.’ Feminists have seen these oppositional discourses – all women are either pressured to be either porn stars or chaste virgins – as being regressive and harmful, or have questioned how ‘empowering’ they r...
Article
Full-text available
Although the Internet has opened up new avenues for identity expression, many web-based sources have yet to be examined. Online testimonials as a form word-of-mouth advertising are a relatively new development. The present study examines the construction of masculinities in men's cosmetics adverting testimonials presented on the website of a leadin...
Article
Full-text available
The last two decades have seen a marked increase in men's self-presentation practices and the creation of a new identity category: "metrosexual" (Simpson, 1994, 2002). Here we examine men's makeup use, considered one of the more extreme indicators of "metrosexuality" (Harrison, 2008). We deploy a discursive analytic approach informed in particular...
Article
Full-text available
The relatively recent growth of identity categories for men participating in non-conventional masculine activities can be linked to contemporary consumption and lifestyle opportunities (Gill et al., 2005). While there have been various studies pertaining to media representations of ‘metrosexuality’, ‘new’ masculinities, and the marketing of health...
Article
Full-text available
Since the launch of men's lifestyle magazines in the 1980s, academic literature has predominantly focused on them as a cultural phenomenon arising from entrepreneurial and commercial initiatives and/or as cultural texts that proffer representations of masculinity such as ‘new lad’ and ‘new dad’. This paper steps aside from the focus on culture and,...

Network

Cited By

Projects

Project (1)
Project
Jeff and I have been working together for a number of years on so-called 'revenge porn' and online image based sexual violence and abuse more generally, as you can see from our publications. We have also explored the (dis)similarities between domestic violence and initimate partner violence. More recently we have been working with Ruth Lewis at Northumbria University on 'upskirting' and on IBSV in the workplace with Charlotta Niemistö, who is also based the Hanken School of Economics with Jeff.