Sex Roles

, Volume 61, Issue 9, pp 607–620

When Do Men and Women Make Attributions to Gender Discrimination? The Role of Discrimination Source

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11199-009-9657-x

Cite this article as:
Sechrist, G.B. & Delmar, C. Sex Roles (2009) 61: 607. doi:10.1007/s11199-009-9657-x


Two experiments examined the effects of discrimination source on men’s and women’s willingness to make attributions to a sexist experimenter or sexist rules. Students (161 male; 171 females) at a US university were exposed to a discriminatory person, discriminatory rule, or no discrimination. “Experiment 1” demonstrated individuals were less likely to make attributions to a sexist person than an unfair rule, and women were especially reluctant to indicate a person was responsible for their discrimination even when a person was the source. “Experiment 2” showed participants were less likely to indicate an experimenter, and even a rule, was sexist when there was a cost to the perpetrator (i.e., advisor would be notified of the perpetrator’s actions) for making such attributions.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA