Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Psychology (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Amy Hackney


Social Dominance Orientation (SDO) is a measurement of an individual's desire for the current social hierarchy to be maintained (Sidanius & Pratto, 1994). SDO has long been considered relatively stable, and men have been shown to exhibit higher SDO than women on average. However, recent research suggests that men's SDO scores may increase in response to an outgroup threat (Sugiura et al., 2017). The current study aimed to use the #MeToo Movement as an outgroup threat to investigate the effect of a modern real-world event on SDO scores in men compared to women. Modified news articles covering the #MeToo Movement were used to prime the participants with outgroup threat. Participants read the articles and responded to the SDO7 Likert-Type scale to measure SDO. A 2 (Control vs #MeToo) x 2 (Men vs Women) between-subjects ANOVA was used to analyze the data. We predicted that perceived threat priming by the #MeToo Movement articles would lead to enhanced SDO in male participants. The results were considered inconclusive due to a low representation of men in the sample and low statistical power, but this novel area of research has much potential.