More Than “Just a Joke”: The Prejudice-Releasing Function of Sexist Humor

Title: More than “Just a Joke”: The Prejudice-Releasing Function of Sexist Humor

Link: http://psp.sagepub.com/content/34/2/159.short

Summary: (abstract)

The results of two experiments supported the hypothesis that, for sexist men, exposure to sexist humor can promote the behavioral release of prejudice against women. Experiment 1 demonstrated that hostile sexism predicted the amount of money participants were willing to donate to a women’s organization after reading sexist jokes but not after reading nonhumorous sexist statements or neutral jokes. Experiment 2 showed that hostile sexism predicted the amount of money participants cut from the budget of a women’s organization relative to four other student organizations upon exposure to sexist comedy skits but not neutral comedy skits. A perceived local norm of approval of funding cuts for the women’s organization mediated the relationship between hostile sexism and discrimination against the women’s organization.

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