Burt, M.R. (1980). Cultural Myths and supports for rape. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 38 (2): 217-230.

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Burt (1980) uses social psychological and feminist theoretical analyses to examine demographic, attitudinal, experiential, and personality correlates of rape myth acceptance. Rape myths include beliefs such as “only bad girls get raped”, “women ask for it”, and “women ‘cry rape’ only when they have something to cover up”. These myths serve to blame victims and create a culture that supports rape. Results indicate that those who are less educated, believe that force and coercion are legitimate ways to gain compliance, hold traditional views of sex roles, and believe that sexual relationships are fundamentally exploitative are more likely to accept rape myths.

This article was one of the first to incorporate theory into the rape literature by empirically testing feminist theoretical ideas of the cultural support for rape.

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