Laurie A. Rudman and Kimberly Fairchild, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University.
THE F WORD: IS FEMINISM INCOMPATIBLE WITH BEAUTY AND ROMANCE?
Article first published online: 10 MAY 2007
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 125–136, June 2007
How to Cite
Rudman, L. A. and Fairchild, K. (2007), THE F WORD: IS FEMINISM INCOMPATIBLE WITH BEAUTY AND ROMANCE?. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31: 125–136. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2007.00346.x
This research was partially supported by Grant BCS-0417335 from the National Science Foundation. We thank Gloria Cowan, Peter Glick, Diana Sanchez, and Jayne Stake for their helpful comments.
- Issue published online: 10 MAY 2007
- Article first published online: 10 MAY 2007
- Initial submission: April 5, 2005Initial acceptance: February 24, 2006Final acceptance: April 14, 2006
Three studies examined the predictive utility of heterosexual relationship concerns vis-à-vis support for feminism. Study 1 showed that beauty is perceived to be at odds with feminism, for both genders. The stereotype that feminists are unattractive was robust, but fully accounted for by romance-related attributions. Moreover, more attractive female participants (using self-ratings) showed decreased feminist orientations, compared with less attractive counterparts. Study 2 compared romantic conflict with the lesbian feminist stereotype and found more support for romantic conflict as a negative predictor of support for feminism and women's civil rights. Study 3 showed that beliefs about an incompatibility between feminism and sexual harmony negatively predicted support for feminism and women's civil rights. In concert, the findings indicate that a marriage between research on romantic relationships and the factors underlying sexism is overdue for understanding gender inequities.