Female undergraduates rated the rationality of using gender stereotypes in several potentially dangerous situations. We tested whether sexual assault history and fear of crime moderated perceptions of the use of gender stereotypes in public and private settings. Primary results revealed differences in ratings among victims and nonvictims of sexual assault as a function of type of setting. Additionally, fear of crime increased ratings of rationality in nighttime public situations. The implications of these results are discussed in the context of the “rational discrimination” phenomenon (Khan & Lambert, 2001).
Khan, Saera R., Christina A. Byrne, and Kay Livesay. 2005. "The Influence of Sexual Assault and Fear of Crime on Judgments of Rational Discrimination." Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology 24, no. 7: 963-980. DOI: 10.1521/jscp.2005.24.7.963