Oppression through acceptance? Predicting rape myth acceptance and attitudes toward rape victims

Jericho M. Hockett, Donald A. Saucier, Bethany H. Hoffman, Sara J. Smith, Adam W. Craig

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Abstract

Feminist theories of rape motivation are based on research suggesting a relationship between dominance and sexual aggression. However, the relationship between dominance and rape myth acceptance (RMA), a predictor of rape proclivity and sexual aggression and a key component in feminist theory, is understudied. The current study tests the hypotheses that individuals' scores on sex-based oppression and intergroup dominance measures will improve the predictive models for RMA and attitudes toward rape and rape victims. The hypotheses are supported. Individuals' general intergroup dominance and sex-based oppression attitudes provide significant unique prediction beyond previously studied predictors of attitudes about rape and rape victims.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)877-897
Number of pages21
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume15
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2009

Keywords

  • Feminist theory
  • General intergroup dominance
  • Rape myth acceptance
  • Sex-based prejudice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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