Initiators of romantic advances underestimate how difficult and uncomfortable it is for their targets to reject and say they are not interested. In addition, the study showed that women in STEM were more likely than men to have experienced unwanted romantic advances in the workplace. Read more about these findings and the potential implications for the retention of women in STEM here.
Bohns, V. K., & DeVincent, L. A. (2019). Rejecting unwanted romantic advances is more difficult than suitors realize. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10, 1102-1110. https://doi-org.proxy.library.uu.nl/10.1177/1948550618769880