Journal article

Prejudice Towards Sex Workers Depends on the Sexual Activity and Autonomy of Their Work, Hobbies and Daily Activities

Dax J Kellie, Khandis R Blake, Robert C Brooks

COLLABRA-PSYCHOLOGY | UNIV CALIFORNIA PRESS | Published : 2021

Abstract

Women are more likely than men to be sexualized, objectified and dehumanized. Female sex workers experience stigma and violence associated with these judgements at far higher rates than other women. Here, we use a pre-registered experimental design to consider which aspects of sex work - the level of sexual activity, earned income, or perceived autonomy of the work - drive dehumanization. A first group of participants (N = 217) rated 80 vignettes of women varying by full-time employment, hobbies and interests on humanness. These ratings were subtracted from the ratings of a second group of participants (N = 774) who rated these same vignettes which additionally described a part-time job, hob..

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