Mortality Salience, Women in Power, and Rape Myth Acceptance
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The goal of the present study is to use Terror Management Theory (TMT) as a vehicle for understanding rape myth acceptance. Terror management posits that knowledge of one’s mortality can create overwhelming terror. However, cultural worldviews are one mechanism humans use to protect against this terror. I argue that gender beliefs are a powerful worldview US society, and that being primed with an individual who does not adhere to our expectations will create discomfort, especially if one is reminded of their mortality. Therefore, when people are primed to think of their own death and exposed to ...