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Motivated to express: salience of oppression toward other women encourages women’s self-expression

Al-Khouja, Maya, Weinstein, Netta and Legate, Nicole 2021. Motivated to express: salience of oppression toward other women encourages women’s self-expression. Journal of Social and Political Psychology 10.23668/psycharchives.4855

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Women’s oppression undermines and inhibits women but may also prompt an enterprising reaction. In this paper, three studies explored the extent to which women respond to awareness of the oppression of other women with an increased desire for self-expression, a reactive but constructive response. Study 1 explored reactions to two forms of other women’s oppression: restricted self-expression and restricted economic opportunities. Women reported an increased desire to self-express after exposure to either form of oppression, as compared to a control group. Study 2 compared British women’s reactions to stories of a woman versus a man being oppressed, finding the former group wrote more words about an unrelated, but timely and consequential topic (Brexit). Finally, Study 3 replicated the effect of greater self-expression after being exposed to women’s oppression, and furthermore identified an indirect effect through reactance. Findings are discussed in relation to identity, constructive forms of reactance, and implications for current women’s rights movements.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Psychology
ISSN: 2195-3325
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 July 2021
Date of Acceptance: 20 May 2021
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2021 02:47

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