Women's Benevolent Sexism as Reaction to Hostility

  title={Women's Benevolent Sexism as Reaction to Hostility},
  author={Ann R. Fischer},
  journal={Psychology of Women Quarterly},
  pages={410 - 416}
  • Ann R. Fischer
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Psychology
  • Psychology of Women Quarterly
Grounded in the theory of ambivalent sexism, this study tested the speculation that women's benevolent sexist attitudes may be, in part, a self-protective response to environments they perceive as hostile to women. Data that have indirectly supported this conjecture thus far have been correlational. The current study involved a more powerful, experimental test of the hypothesis. Women (N = 105) were randomly assigned to one of three conditions, which differed only in what participants were told… 

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