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ERIC Number: ED278874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Relationship between Sexual Harassment, Initiator Attractiveness, and Pro-Feminist Attitudes.
Wheeler, R. Wade; And Others
Research has shown that physically attractive people in this culture are treated more favorably than are unattractive people. If this is so, acts of sexual harassment perpetrated by attractive males might be viewed less harshly than the same acts perpetrated by unattractive males. A study was conducted to examine the relationshp between evaluations of sexual harassment and various levels of initiator attractiveness, and the role of pro-feminist attitudes on such evaluations. College students (N=151), divided into three groups, rated the degree of offensiveness of 22 acts of sexual harassment. Group I received a photocopy of an "attractive" male perpetrator, group II received a photocopy of an "unattractive" male perpetrator, and group III received no photocopy. All subjects completed a questionnaire on womanhood to determine pro-feminist and sexist views. Ratings were found to differ from male to female subjects, with females being less tolerant of sexual harassment. Pro-feminist attitudes were found to exert a greater influence than perpetrator attractiveness on offensiveness ratings. Pro-feminist males were consistently less tolerant of sexual harassment than were sexist males. The pattern for females was more complicated. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A