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The relationship between the Dark Triad and attitudes towards feminism

Douglass, Melanie D.; Stirrat, Michael; Koehn, Monica A.; Vaughan, Robert S.


Melanie D. Douglass

Monica A. Koehn

Robert S. Vaughan


The Dark Triad traits are considered a male-centric framework of personality with women generally scoring lower on narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. Research has examined the drivers behind this relationship attributing effects mostly to biological or evolutionary reasons with less work understanding environmental factors. To date, no research has examined the relationship between the Dark Triad and attitudes towards feminism. Three hundred and forty-three participants completed self-report measures of the Dark Triad and feminist attitudes. Results reported no differences between men and women on feminist attitudes, but men scored higher on the Dark Triad. Multiple linear regression indicated a negative association between the Dark Triad and feminist attitudes with all three traits significantly negatively contributing to the model. In all cases, this effect was stronger in men. These findings suggest that whilst men and women hold similar feminist attitudes, Dark Triad traits may facilitate a disregard for feminism.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 27, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 6, 2022
Publication Date 2023-01
Deposit Date Jan 18, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jan 18, 2023
Journal Personality and Individual Differences
Print ISSN 0191-8869
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 200
Article Number 111889
Keywords Dark Triad; Narcissism; Machiavellianism; Psychopathy; Feminism


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