Hegemonic Masculinity Predicts Support for U.S. Political Figures Accused of Sexual Assault

Nathaniel E.C. Schermerhorn, Theresa K. Vescio, Kathrine A. Lewis

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Abstract

In three studies (N = 886), we hypothesized and found that women’s and men’s endorsement of the culturally idealized form of masculinity, hegemonic masculinity (HM), predicted more positive evaluations of a political figure accused of sexual violence (Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh) and more negative evaluations of the women who made accusations of sexual assault. HM predicted these evaluations over and above political party, gender, race, education, and sexism (Study 1), rape myth endorsement (Study 2), and the likelihood to sexually harass (Study 3). Implications for the maintenance of the status quo and the prevalence of sexual violence against women in the United States are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-486
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Psychological and Personality Science
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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