Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 903–919 | Cite as

Social Dominance Orientation Predicts Heterosexual Men’s Adverse Reactions to Romantic Rejection

  • Ashleigh J. Kelly
  • Shelli L. Dubbs
  • Fiona Kate Barlow
Original Paper

Abstract

We examined the role of social dominance orientation (SDO) as a predictor of men’s reactions to romantic rejection and attitudes toward female sexuality. In Study 1 (n = 158), we found that men who scored higher in SDO were more likely to blame women for romantic rejection, and report having responded to women’s past rejection with persistence and manipulation (e.g., convincing her to “give him another chance”), as well as with aggression and threats of violence. In Study 2 (n = 398), we replicated these findings, and further found that men higher in SDO were more likely to endorse rape myths (e.g., believing that sometimes a woman’s barriers need to be “broken down” in order to attain sex), and to want to lower the legal age of sexual consent in women. Two mediators explained this relationship, hostile sexism and the belief that insubordinate women need to be disciplined. Practical and theoretical implications are discussed.

Keywords

Social dominance orientation Sexism Rejection Consent Rape 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashleigh J. Kelly
    • 1
  • Shelli L. Dubbs
    • 1
  • Fiona Kate Barlow
    • 1
  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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