An explanation for culture of victim blaming

From “Sexual harassment victims less assertive than they planned” on the Conversation:

People imagine they would assert themselves strongly against sexual harassment but are more likely to react passively when confronted with it in real life, a US study has found.

The gap between how people think they would react and how they do can exacerbate a culture of victim-blaming, the study’s authors said.

Mismatched expectations can lead people to blame women for not standing up “strongly enough” against harassment — even though we may react in a similar way in the same situation, said the study, titled Double Victimization in the Workplace: Why Observers Condemn Passive Victims of Sexual Harassment and published in the journal Organization Science.

Read more here.

Thanks RR.

2 thoughts on “An explanation for culture of victim blaming

  1. And when they are assertive, they are blamed too: for being overly aggressive. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  2. In interviews one can become aware of factors that weren’t so salient as before. Such as, “Do I want to end the chances of getting a job with this person/department/company”? One can fall silent because the ramifications require more thought.

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