Minimization of Male Suffering: Social perception of victims and perpetrators of opposite-sex sexual coercion

Anna Studzińska , Denis Hilton


Studies show equal impact of sexual harassment (SH) on men and women, whereas lay perceptions are that women suffer more. We identify the phenomenon of minimization of male suffering (MMS), which occurs when people assume that SH has less effect on men’s well-being andwhich results in the perpetrators of SH on men being evaluated less harshly. To verify whether these effects occur, we conducted two studies in which we presented stories describing acts of sexual coercion (SC, study 1) and SC or financial coercion (FC, study 2) and measured the perceived suffering of victims and the perception of the perpetrators. Both studies showed that female victims were perceived to suffer more from SC and FC and that perpetrators of both acts on women were evaluated more negatively. The results support our hypothesis that the suffering of male victims is minimized as they are perceived to suffer less than women.
Author Anna Studzińska (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Anna Studzińska,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
, Denis Hilton
Denis Hilton,,
Journal seriesSexuality Research and Social Policy, ISSN 1868-9884, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.6
Keywords in EnglishSocialperceptionofsuffering .Victimperception . Perpetrator perception . Sexual harassment . Sexual coercion
ASJC Classification3312 Sociology and Political Science; 3306 Health(social science); 3318 Gender Studies
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.043; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 1.547 (2) - 2016=1.694 (5)
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