Sex differences in the acceptability of discrimination


Journal Article

A large telephone survey conducted after the attacks of September 11, 2001, suggests that the willingness to tolerate discrimination varies significantly across domains, with a very high tolerance of discrimination against poorly educated immigrants and a strikingly low tolerance of discrimination against the genetically disadvantaged. Regardless of domain, tolerance is greater among men than among women. A survey conducted simultaneously over the World Wide Web, using volunteer panels, replicated the phone survey results and revealed an even larger sex gap. This finding suggests that a social desirability bias leads women to overstate and men to understate their tolerance of discrimination in public. © 2008 University of Utah.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kuran, T; McCaffery, EJ

Published Date

  • June 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 61 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 228 - 238

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1065-9129

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1065912907304500

Citation Source

  • Scopus