ARE FEMINISTS MAN HATERS? FEMINISTS' AND NONFEMINISTS' ATTITUDES TOWARD MEN

Authors


  • Kristin Anderson and Melinda Kanner, Department of Social Sciences, University of Houston, Downtown; Nisreen Elsayegh, Department of Psychology, University of Houston, Clear Lake.

  • We are indebted to many colleagues for their insights and careful critiques. Deserving special mention are Christina Accomando and Christine Bachman. We offer thanks as well to the three anonymous reviewers who read earlier drafts of this manuscript and whose generous investment of time and suggestion contributed significantly to this paper. Finally, we wish to acknowledge Gloria Cowan, the Associate Editor, for her guidance and constructive advice.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Kristin Anderson, Social Sciences Department, University of Houston, Downtown, One Main St., Houston, TX 77002. E-mail: andersonk@uhd.edu

Abstract

Despite the popular belief that feminists dislike men, few studies have actually examined the empirical accuracy of this stereotype. The present study examined self-identified feminists' and nonfeminists' attitudes toward men. An ethnically diverse sample (N = 488) of college students responded to statements from the Ambivalence toward Men Inventory (AMI; Glick & Fiske, 1999). Contrary to popular beliefs, feminists reported lower levels of hostility toward men than did nonfeminists. The persistence of the myth of the man-hating feminist is explored.

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