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Rape Victim Blaming as System Justification: The Role of Gender and Activation of Complementary Stereotypes
Leiden University.
University of Gothenburg.
University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
2010 (English)In: Social justice research, ISSN 0885-7466, E-ISSN 1573-6725, Vol. 23, no 4, 239-258 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Springer, 2010. Vol. 23, no 4, 239-258 p.
Keyword [en]
Victim blaming, System justification, Modern sexism, Complementary stereotypes, Rape myths
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Social Sciences
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Humanities and Social sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-4877DOI: 10.1007/s11211-010-0117-0ISI: 000285471700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-78650296542OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-4877DiVA: diva2:414829
Available from: 2011-05-04 Created: 2011-05-04 Last updated: 2013-04-09Bibliographically approved

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