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Introduction

  • Ambivalent sexism, which includes both hostile and benevolent sexism, significantly impacts career success, particularly for women.

  • Hostile sexism involves overtly negative attitudes towards women who challenge traditional gender roles, often leading to their marginalization in the workplace.

  • Benevolent sexism, while seemingly positive, reinforces traditional gender roles by idealizing women who conform to these roles, thus limiting their career advancement.

  • Both forms of sexism work together to uphold gender hierarchies, making it difficult for women to achieve career success.

  • Research indicates that ambivalent sexism can prevent women from being perceived as competent leaders, thereby hindering their promotion to senior positions.

  • Women who experience ambivalent sexism are often forced to choose between career advancement and conforming to traditional gender roles, which can lead to career stagnation.

Types of Ambivalent Sexism [1]

  • Hostile Sexism: Involves negative attitudes towards women who defy traditional gender roles.

  • Benevolent Sexism: Involves seemingly positive attitudes that idealize women who conform to traditional roles.

  • Paternalism: Men’s perceived superiority over women, either aggressively or protectively.

  • Gender Differentiation: Assigns power roles to men and nurturing roles to women.

  • Heterosexual Intimacy: Men’s dependency on women for sexual satisfaction, with hostile sexism restricting and benevolent sexism idealizing this dynamic.

Predictors of Ambivalent Sexism [1]

  • Demographic Factors: Hostile sexism is stronger in countries with lower gender equality.

  • Gender: Men generally endorse both forms of sexism more than women.

  • Age: Hostile sexism is higher in adolescence and older age, while benevolent sexism increases with age.

  • Race: Black American women endorse benevolent sexism more than white American women.

  • Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual individuals report stronger sexist attitudes than sexual minorities.

Effects on Gender Roles [1]

  • Hostile sexism disparages women who challenge traditional roles, such as career women and feminists.

  • Benevolent sexism supports women who conform to traditional roles, such as housewives.

  • Hostile sexism punishes women who deviate from traditional roles, while benevolent sexism rewards conformity.

  • Both forms of sexism contribute to maintaining the status quo by regulating behavior.

  • Men and women who do not conform to traditional gender roles are often targets of negative attitudes.

Impact on Workplace Dynamics [1]

  • Ambivalent sexism can prevent women from being perceived as competent leaders.

  • Hostile sexism leads to the marginalization of women in the workplace.

  • Benevolent sexism reinforces traditional gender roles, limiting women's career advancement.

  • Both forms of sexism uphold gender hierarchies, making it difficult for women to achieve career success.

  • Women often face a choice between career advancement and conforming to traditional gender roles.

Strategies for Mitigating Sexism [1]

  • Promote gender equality through education and policy changes.

  • Encourage men to participate in childcare and household responsibilities.

  • Implement strong employment non-discrimination laws.

  • Raise awareness about the subtle forms of benevolent sexism.

  • Support women in leadership roles and challenge traditional gender stereotypes.

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