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By Peln Gul
Iowa State University 

Why women – including feminists – are still attracted to 'benevolently sexist' men

 

September 20, 2018



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(THE CONVERSATION) If a man offers to help a woman with her heavy suitcase or to parallel park her car, what should she make of the offer?

Is it an innocuous act of courtesy? Or is it a sexist insult to her strength and competence?

Social psychologists who describe this behavior as “benevolent sexism” firmly favor the latter view.

But researchers have also revealed a paradox: Women prefer men who behave in ways that could be described as benevolently sexist over those who...



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