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Benevolent sexism

15/5/19 Benevolent sexism

Unlike hostile sexism, benevolent sexism represents evaluations of gender that may appear on the surface to be simple positive remarks or situations, but are actually damaging to people and gender equality more broadly. In this same line, women are “naturally” more kind, emotional, and compassionate, while men are “naturally” more rational, less emotional, and “tougher,” mentally and physically. Translated into the workplace, ambivalent or benevolent sexism is behind the assumption that women are naturally better administrative assistants or naturally prepared to organize buying a gift for the boss. Because they’re “better” at it.

Other examples include the idea that women need to be protected by men, or that they are more nurturing than men and, therefore, should raise children.

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