Gender differences in reactions to the sexualization of athletes

John B. Nezlek , L. A. Maruskin , D. Wilson , W. Krohn


Participants rated a series of photographs that depicted well-known male and female athletes in a sexualized fashion or not. In general, sexualized targets were perceived as more attractive but as less competent than non-sexualized targets, and for ratings of competence, sexualization effects were greater for female targets. Sexualization had no effects on women’s perceptions of the competence of male targets, whereas for men, sexualization affected their perceptions of the competence of both male and female targets, although the influence of sexualization was stronger for female targets than it was for male targets. These findings suggest that the gender of the target and of the perceiver needs to be considered when evaluating the influences of sexualization. The implications of these findings are discussed within the context of objectification theory, which has focused on the objectification of women by women.
Author John B. Nezlek (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu)
John B. Nezlek,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu
, L. A. Maruskin
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, D. Wilson
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, W. Krohn
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Journal seriesJournal of Social Psychology, ISSN 0022-4545, (A 15 pkt)
Issue year2015
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishadvertising, objectification, sex differences, sexualization
ASJC Classification3207 Social Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2015 = 0.607; WoS Impact Factor: 2015 = 0.772 (2) - 2015=1.203 (5)
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