Series editor(s): Professor Vasilikie Demos, Professor Marcia Segal
Subject Area: Sociology and Public Policy
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|Title:||Grappling with the relationship between men's endorsement of positive stereotypes of women and support for women's rights|
|Author(s):||N. Eugene Walls|
|Volume:||13 Editor(s): Vasilikie Demos, Marcia Texler Segal ISBN: 978-1-84855-752-9 eISBN: 978-1-84855-753-6|
|Citation:||N. Eugene Walls (2009), Grappling with the relationship between men's endorsement of positive stereotypes of women and support for women's rights, in Vasilikie Demos, Marcia Texler Segal (ed.) Perceiving Gender Locally, Globally, and Intersectionally (Advances in Gender Research, Volume 13), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.81-112|
|DOI:||10.1108/S1529-2126(2009)0000013008 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
Purpose – This study examines the relationship between endorsement of positive stereotypes of women and support for women's rights to shed light on the role that endorsement of positive stereotypes may play in maintaining social stratification.
Design/methodology/approach – The study uses data collected from a web-based survey of 181 male undergraduate students in six different universities and colleges to examine the relationship between the endorsement of positive stereotypes of women and support for women's rights. The paper examines four ordinary least squares (OLS) regression models to determine the relationship and utilizes the statistical software Stata 9.2.
Findings – Rather than a simple direct relationship, the findings suggest that the relationship between the endorsement of positive stereotypes and support for women's rights varies based on the level of hostile sexism. Increased endorsement of positive stereotypes of women was associated with decreased support for women's rights among males with the lowest level of hostile sexism, but the opposite relationship was found for males at the mean and the highest level of hostile sexism.
Research limitations/implications – The findings suggest that endorsement of positive stereotypes plays a unique role for males who do not endorse traditional sexist attitudes. Although data are not available to clarify what processes might be undergirding the relationship, the author suggests directions for future research.
Practical implications – Given the relationship found, prejudice reduction interventions that rely on the promotion of positive stereotypes of various social groups should be closely examined to determine if they actually foster attitudes that are detrimental for the eradication of social stratification.
Originality/value – This study is one of the first to examine the possible negative impacts of endorsement of positive stereotypes of women on gender stratification through a moderated relationship with levels of hostile sexism.
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