The Target Area Of My Prejudice Reduction Strategy Is Benevolent Sexism

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The target area of my prejudice reduction strategy is benevolent sexism. Unlike hostile sexism, in which is antagonistic and overtly purports the idea that men are more competent than women and belonging in leadership, benevolent sexism often appears chivalrous and well-intentioned. Benevolent sexism is, as the saying goes, “an iron fist in a velvet glove.” It appears flattering and kind, for women’s ‘own good’ so to speak, but underneath the façade is actually just another way of controlling women and maintaining male dominance. Whereas hostile sexism is force, benevolent sexism is persuasion, but the end result is much the same. Benevolent sexism, sometimes called ambivalent sexism, comes in many forms, but has three main subtypes as…show more content…
Women may feel flattered and being put up on a pedestal. They may also enjoy feeling protected and taken care of. Fitting with system justification theory, benevolent sexism implies that men and women’s inherent internal differences, strengths, and weaknesses (complimentary gender differentiation) balance each other out for the benefit of the whole (Becker & Wright, 2011). And according to Becker and Wright, women typically endorse benevolent sexist ideas even more than men do. The flip side of these apparent advantages to women is that the seemingly positive effects of benevolent sexism typically only apply to women who are gender-role conforming, rather than women as a whole. Women in traditional domestic roles may benefit, but there are negative consequences for those who do not fit these roles. The idea that women need to be protected or taken care of is in some lights flattering, but it also portrays women as childlike, helpless, incompetent, and as a result suited only for lower status roles. Women are also more likely to accept sexist restrictions on behavior when the reason given is benevolently sexist (Becker & Wright, 2011). By extension of these examples, benevolent sexism is just another way of justifying gender inequality and maintaining the current power dynamic of the patriarchy. In the face of obvious evidence that benevolent sexism is harmful, my
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