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Social Justice Research

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 239–258

First Online: 10 November 2010

Abstract

This research examined reactions towards female rape victims from a system justification perspective. Study 1 demonstrated that gender-related system justification motivation Modern Sexism predicted the propensity to blame a female rape victim among men, but not among women. Modern sexism predicted rape victim blaming among men even when statistically controlling for a general antipathy towards women, and the results were unaffected by social desirability concerns. Consistent with previous study on system justification theory, we demonstrated in Study 2 that system justification motivation can predict victim blaming also among women, provided that complementary stereotypes about women have been activated. By contrast, system justification motivation predicted men’s propensity to blame a rape victim irrespective of whether complementary stereotypes about women had been experimentally activated.

KeywordsVictim blaming System justification Modern sexism Complementary stereotypes Rape myths  Download fulltext PDF



Author: Tomas Ståhl - Daniel Eek - Ali Kazemi

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