I will help you survive but not thrive: Helping decisions in situations that empower women

Orly Bareket, Danit Ein-Gar, Tehila Kogut

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Abstract

This research examines gender-based helping behavior from a social dominance perspective. We focused on the interplay between the gender of a prospective donor and the gender of the recipient in shaping donation decisions in contexts that either empower recipients or not. In two studies (N = 866), male (but not female) donors chose to donate less often (Study 2) and to give lower amounts (Studies 1–2) to women in need than to men when donations were made in a potentially empowering context – a business context (e.g., donating to a person whose shop burned down), than in a nonempowering context – a domestic context (e.g., donating to a person whose house burned down). Lack of empathy for the female recipient among men partially mediated this gender–donation bias effect (Study 2). These findings suggest that men are less likely to help women in situations that empower women and challenge the existing gender hierarchy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGroup Processes and Intergroup Relations
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • donations
  • gender
  • helping
  • prosocial
  • social dominance

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