Sexism : Women And Women

2525 Words Sep 4th, 2014 11 Pages
Sexism has retained its grip on the contemporary woman and man as with a force similar to those of the yesteryear. Its must be taken into consideration how much we have progressed as a society in regards to sexism. Prior to the 1970s women were perceived as wives and mothers. The second wave of feminism hit around this time which led to legislative change to reflect the societal values that were being born. With writes in this era like Anne Summers helping define the Australian woman’s place in society. By examining our stereotyping and helping women of the 1970s move forward and grow. However this growth I believe has stalled. With sexism remaining a dominant force.

In the 1980s a record number of women entered the paid work force. Most of these jobs were in sales, clerical positions and services. These industries today continue to be dominated by women. These occupations are viewed to have the feminine requirements of subservience and compassion .To better understand why there hasn’t been a progression in these areas we must first understand ambivalent sexism.

Peter Glick and Susan Fiske developed a theory of ambivalent sexism. This was to be a theoretical guide, which splits up into two sub components. First there is the component of “hostile sexism”. This is a reflection of the destructive stereotypes and evaluation about gender. Simplistically put people who fall into this category critique the effect that society has had on women. Secondly there is “benevolent…
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