Are you a sexist? Chivalrous men who hold open doors might be guilty reveals research
If you’re the type of guy to hold open doors for women and often shell out for dinner you might be guilty of sexism new research suggests.
Acts which are often deemed as polite or chivalrous such as offering a cold woman a jacket or calling women ‘love’ or ‘dear’ might be expressions of benevolent sexism according to researchers.
Analysts in Boston’s Northeastern University believe that although many women crave chivalry in a partner, benevolent sexism is prevalent with the idea that women are beings that require a “cherished protection”.
“Benevolent sexism is like a wolf in sheep's clothing that perpetuates support for gender inequality among women,” said researcher Professor Judith Hall.
“These supposed gestures of good faith may entice women to accept the status quo in society because sexism literally looks welcoming, appealing and harmless.”
The study paired 27 men and women between the ages of 18 and 22 and encouraged them to take part in a quiz and chat.
They were then surveyed to detect sexist attitudes.
Men who might be guilty of benevolent sexism see women as “warm and pure yet helpless and incompetent”.
Study co-author Jin Goh said: “Benevolent sexist men hold women in high regard and are willing to sacrifice themselves to save and protect women.
“However, benevolent sexist men perceive women as the weaker gender at the same time.
“Unless sexism is understood as having both hostile and benevolent properties, the insidious nature of benevolent sexism will continue to be one of the driving forces behind gender inequality in our society,” he said.
According to the study you’re a hostile sexist if:
You think women should be banned from sports clubs
You wolf whistle at women
You love topless calendars
You leave the housework to your wife
You believe women interrupt all your innocent remarks as sexist
You think women seeking equality really want special treatment
According to the study you are a benevolent sexist if:
You hold open doors for women
You call women pet names like ‘love’ and ‘dear’
You pay for dinner
You give women your coat if they’re cold
You think women should be saved first on a sinking ship
You believe men should make sacrifices to provide for women