Francisca Expósito, M. Carmen Herrera, and Miguel Moya, Department of Social Psychology, Universidad de Granada, Spain; Peter Glick, Department of Psychology, Lawrence University.
DON'T ROCK THE BOAT: WOMEN'S BENEVOLENT SEXISM PREDICTS FEARS OF MARITAL VIOLENCE
Article first published online: 8 FEB 2010
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Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 36–42, March 2010
How to Cite
Expósito, F., Herrera, M. C., Moya, M. and Glick, P. (2010), DON'T ROCK THE BOAT: WOMEN'S BENEVOLENT SEXISM PREDICTS FEARS OF MARITAL VIOLENCE. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34: 36–42. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2009.01539.x
This research was supported by Grant SEJ2007-65816/PSIC from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia) and Exp. No. 064/07 from the Spanish Women Institute (Instituto de la Mujer) and by a grant from the F.P.I. (BES-2005-8715) program of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia) to the second author.
- Issue published online: 8 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 8 FEB 2010
- Initial submission: December 3, 2008Initial acceptance: August 2, 2009Final acceptance: September 16, 2009
We examined how Spanish women's benevolent sexism (a sex-role attitude) affects their perceptions of whether a hypothetical husband will feel threatened by a wife's success at work. In a social perception study, female participants (N = 210) read a vignette in which a husband and his wife argued over her job promotion. Women's benevolent sexism (but not hostile sexism) predicted viewing the husband as more threatened by his wife's promotion and more likely to aggress against her (intimate partner violence). The effect of women's benevolent sexism was robust and not mitigated when specific information about the husband's attitude (traditional, egalitarian, no information) was provided. Belief that a husband would feel threatened by a wife's promotion partially mediated the relationship between women's benevolent sexism scores and their anticipation that the husband would become violent. Benevolently sexist women may embrace traditional roles in relationships in part to avoid antagonizing male partners, ultimately maintaining the status quo.