Journal article

Perceptions of low agency and high sexual openness mediate the relationship between sexualization and sexual aggression

Khandis R Blake, Brock Bastian, Thomas F Denson

Aggressive Behavior | WILEY | Published : 2016


Researchers have become increasingly interested in the saturation of popular Western culture by female hypersexualization. We provide data showing that men have more sexually aggressive intentions toward women who self-sexualize, and that self-sexualized women are vulnerable to sexual aggression if two qualifying conditions are met. Specifically, if perceivers view self-sexualized women as sexually open and lacking agency (i.e., the ability to influence one's environment), they harbor more sexually aggressive intentions and view women as easier to sexually victimize. In Experiment 1, male participants viewed a photograph of a woman whose self-sexualization was manipulated through revealing v..

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