But she was unfaithful: Benevolent sexism and reactions to rape victims who violate traditional gender role expectations

Viki, G. Tendayi and Abrams, Dominic (2002) But she was unfaithful: Benevolent sexism and reactions to rape victims who violate traditional gender role expectations. Sex Roles, 47 (5-6). pp. 289-293. ISSN 0360-0025 . (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

The role of benevolent sexism (BS) in accounting for victim blame in an acquaintance rape case was investigated. Participants were presented with vignettes that described an acquaintance rape. Control condition participants were given no descriptive information about the victim, whereas in the "cheating" condition the victim was described as a "married woman." As predicted, participants who scored high in BS attributed more blame to the acquaintance rape victim who was assaulted during an act of infidelity than to a victim in similar circumstances whose marital status was unknown. These findings complement those of other research (Abrams, Viki, Masser, & Bohner, in press), which indicate that individuals high in BS are more likely to react negatively to rape victims who can be viewed as violating social norms concerning appropriate conduct for women.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: benevolent sexism; hostile sexism; rape; victim blame
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2008 20:07
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 08:22
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4540 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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