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Modern MisogynyAnti-Feminism in a Post-Feminist Era$
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Kristin J. Anderson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199328178

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328178.001.0001

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Women are Wonderful, but Most Are Disliked

Women are Wonderful, but Most Are Disliked

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(p.106) 5 Women are Wonderful, but Most Are Disliked
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Modern Misogyny
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Kristin J. Anderson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328178.003.0005

Chapter 5 explores the research on attitudes toward women. The category “women” elicits more warm feelings than the category “men.” This phenomenon has been described by social psychologists as the women-are-wonderful effect. Many individual women embrace and find protection in the warm feelings people tend to have for women. However, on further examination, we find that most women do not benefit from the women-are-wonderful effect because the phenomenon is relevant to the most traditional women who adhere to strict gender roles (e.g., homemakers). Most women today do not conform to traditional gender roles—they are working women, women leaders, athletes, feminists, soldiers, lesbians—and people’s views of nontraditional women are negative. Chapter 5 explores the experimental research on nontraditional women, exposing and explaining the modern misogyny of attitudes toward contemporary women.

Keywords:   attitudes toward women, nontraditional women, women are wonderful

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