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Preferring "housewives" to "feminists"; categorization and the favorability of attitudes toward women

Haddock, Geoffrey ORCID: and Zanna, M. P. 1994. Preferring "housewives" to "feminists"; categorization and the favorability of attitudes toward women. Psychology of Women Quarterly 18 (1) , pp. 25-52. 10.1111/j.1471-6402.1994.tb00295.x

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Four studies are described outlining the favorability of attitudes toward women. In Study 1, participants indicated their attitudes toward women and men and their construal of the term “women”. The results revealed that women were evaluated more favorably than men, but that male right-wing authoritarians (RWAs) who construed women as referring primarily to feminists were least favorable in their attitudes. In Study 2, participants indicated their attitudes toward both “housewives” and “feminists”. The results revealed that feminists were evaluated less favorably than housewives, and that the most negative attitudes toward feminists were expressed by authoritarian men. Study 3 revealed that high-RWA males held more negative symbolic beliefs concerning feminists (i.e., beliefs that feminists failed to promote participants’values) and that these beliefs accounted for variation in attitudes among high RWAs and much of the RWA-attitude relation. Finally, Study 4 revealed that high RWAs perceived greater value dissimilarity between them-selves and feminists. The implications of the findings for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0361-6843
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:57

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