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Master Thesis






This study examined men's attitudes towards women in different occupations within the sex industry, and whether their attitudes were predictive of their indirect endorsement of violence against these women. Ninety-four men from the University of Windsor participated in the study and it was found that their attitudes towards women in the sex industry fall along a continuum of negativity that parallels the risk for violence experienced by these women. That is, men demonstrated the most negative attitudes towards women in street prostitution, less negative attitudes towards women in escorting and the least negative attitudes towards women in exotic dancing. However, a discriminant analysis revealed that the men's attitudes were influenced by two separate, underlying constructs, which were identified as implicit and explicit prejudice. Additionally, neosexist attitudes, in particular, were found to be predictive of men's endorsement of violence against women in the sex industry.