Benevolence Sexism And Its Impact On Women 's Accomplishments

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Ideologies surrounding benevolence sexism are constructed on a basis of doubt; for instance a woman being appraised for her accomplishments, while highlighting the disbelief that she can accomplish that specific task. Benevolence sexism gives rise to positive attitude towards women’s accomplishments, while placing a gender gap on what they are able to accomplish, when compared to men. According to, Viki & Abrams (2002), Benevolent sexism is any form of expressive acts that are discriminatory towards women, but appear to be positive and gratifying.
According to Glick and Fiske (1996), benevolence sexism can be a bad thing, in spite of all the positive feelings it indicates for the perceiver. Although these attitudes and comments directed towards women are meant to highlight their achievements, they evidently create an invisible barrier on what a woman is capable of accomplishing, and what she isn’t. A man can perform a job without any disbelief that he can accomplish it, but when a woman performs that same task, the rewards and positive feelings that arise from this accomplishment is guarded with a sense of doubt and disbelief; the doubt and disbelief perpetuates the appraisal of the woman, something that is less evident for a man.
According to Glick and Fiske (1996 ), the culture in which a women lives in can create feelings that are directed towards her. For example society views women as “naturally” kind, Research shows that, North American toddlers as…

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