Monday, December 3, 2012

"Benevolent Sexism"

The Elusive Wapiti links to this post about research suggesting that "'benevolent sexism', which refers to all those 'chivalrous' things gentlemen do for ladies: holding the door for them, seating them at table, offering them your arm during a stroll, serving them first, etc.[, ...] actually make[s] everyone happier," so it must therefore be eradicated — The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves.

To quote the authors of the study themselves, while "benevolent sexism was indirectly associated with life satisfaction for both women and men," "our findings reinforce the dangerous nature of benevolent sexism and emphasize the need for interventions to reduce its prevalence."

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