Confronting Sexism

The Role of Relationship Orientation and Gender

Sarah J Gervais, Amy L. Hillard, Theresa K. Vescio

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Abstract

This study examined whether relationship orientation was associated positively with confronting sexism and whether confronting sexism was associated positively with competence, self-esteem, and empowerment for women but not men in stereotypically masculine domains. Men and women undergraduates from a United States Midwestern university (n=165) were exposed to a sexist statement during a staged, online interaction. Relationship orientation, confronting (i.e., publically rating the sexist statement as problematic and inappropriate), competence, self-esteem, and empowerment were assessed. Consistent with hypotheses, relationship orientation was associated positively with confronting. Additionally, confronting was associated positively with competence, self-esteem, and empowerment for women but not men. Implications for interpersonal confrontation, relationship orientation, and gender differences in response to everyday sexism are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-474
Number of pages12
JournalSex Roles
Volume63
Issue number7-8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2 2010

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Keywords

  • Confronting prejudice
  • Everyday sexism
  • Gender
  • Relationship orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Confronting Sexism : The Role of Relationship Orientation and Gender. / Gervais, Sarah J; Hillard, Amy L.; Vescio, Theresa K.

In: Sex Roles, Vol. 63, No. 7-8, 02.08.2010, p. 463-474.

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Gervais, Sarah J ; Hillard, Amy L. ; Vescio, Theresa K. / Confronting Sexism : The Role of Relationship Orientation and Gender. In: Sex Roles. 2010 ; Vol. 63, No. 7-8. pp. 463-474.
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