Essay on Examples of Hostile Sexism

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(A) Despite the fact that there is an increasing number of women in the workforce, there are few in leadership positions. This is because of ambivalent sexism. There are two different types of ambivalent sexism: hostile and benevolent. A Hostile sexist is someone who as combative and antagonistic view towards a woman. He believes that women are trying to gain control over men using feministic views and their sexuality (which they are threatened by). Examples of hostile sexism: “Women do not appreciate everything that men do for them” or “Women use sex to gain power over men”. Hostile sexism punishes women who do not conform to social roles with aggression and hostility, and it rewards women who conform. Benevolent sexism is when a …show more content…
(A) Despite the fact that there is an increasing number of women in the workforce, there are few in leadership positions. This is because of ambivalent sexism. There are two different types of ambivalent sexism: hostile and benevolent. A Hostile sexist is someone who as combative and antagonistic view towards a woman. He believes that women are trying to gain control over men using feministic views and their sexuality (which they are threatened by). Examples of hostile sexism: “Women do not appreciate everything that men do for them” or “Women use sex to gain power over men”. Hostile sexism punishes women who do not conform to social roles with aggression and hostility, and it rewards women who conform. Benevolent sexism is when a man believes in the traditional gender role and has a “chivalrous attitude”. The chivalrous man believes that women and weak and must be taken care of. Examples of benevolent sexism are: “women should be protected by men”; “women should be placed on a pedestal”. Benevolent sexists realize that women are very important in society as mothers and wives in society, so this perpetuates the “women are wonderful effect”. This discrimination paradox associates positive traits (such as being kind and caring) with women. This encourages benevolent sexism because men feel that they must take care and protect women. However, it should be noted that very few women are placed in this pedestal position (only those who conform to a man’s view of a

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