Journal article

Revisiting the Jezebel Stereotype The Impact of Target Race on Sexual Objectification

Joel R Anderson, Elise Holland, Courtney Heldreth, Scott P Johnson

PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN QUARTERLY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

The overt objectification and dehumanization of Black people has a long history throughout the Western world. However, few researchers have explored whether such perceptions still persist implicitly and whether Black women are sexually objectified at an interpersonal level. We sought to address this gap by exploring whether Black women are sexually objectified to a greater extent than White women and whether target sexualization exacerbates this effect. In Study 1, using eye-tracking technology (N = 38), we provide evidence that individuals attend more often, and for longer durations, to the sexual body parts of Black women compared to White women, particularly when presented in a sexualized..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by a Discovery grant from the Australian Research Council (DP150103053).