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The impact of feminist stereotypes and sexual identity on feminist self-identification and collective action

The impact of feminist stereotypes and sexual identity on feminist self-identification and collective action

Moore, Anna and Stathi, Sofia ORCID: 0000-0002-1218-5239 (2019) The impact of feminist stereotypes and sexual identity on feminist self-identification and collective action. The Journal of Social Psychology. ISSN 0022-4545 (Print), 1940-1183 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/00224545.2019.1644280)

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Abstract

The present study sought to examine the role of sexual identity and exposure to stereotypes of feminism on women’s self-identification as a feminist, endorsement of feminist attitudes, and intention to engage in collective action. Participants (N = 312; all women) disclosed their sexual identity as either heterosexual or non-heterosexual (sexual minority) and were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: exposure to positive stereotypes of feminists, to negative stereotypes of feminists, control condition (no exposure to stereotypes). Results showed stark differences between heterosexual and sexual minority women, with sexual minority women scoring significantly higher on self-identification as feminist, feminist attitudes, and collective action intentions. Exposure to positive stereotypes of feminists increased feminist self-identification regardless of sexual identity. Exposure to negative stereotypes reduced self-identification with feminism, and lower identification mediated the path between negative stereotyping and collective action. Implications of these findings for the advancement of women’s rights movements are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: stereotypes, feminism, collective action, identification, LGBTQ+
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 09:15
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24812

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