Saturday, December 15, 2012

Gentlemanly Behavior

Is it "benevolent sexism"? To quote:
Here’s the latest from the Psychology of Women Quarterly. It’s an abstract of an article by Kathleen Connelly and Martin Heesacker on benevolent sexism. If you’re wondering what “benevolent sexism” is, think gentlemanly behavior. I offer the abstract partly as a window onto the wonderful, wacky world of modern sociological prose and partly in despair at the use of the word “thus” to open the final sentence. I have put the key passages in bold.
Previous research suggests that benevolent sexism is an ideology that perpetuates gender inequality. But despite its negative consequences, benevolent sexism is a prevalent ideology that some even find attractive. To better understand why women and men alike might be motivated to adopt benevolent sexism, the current study tested system justification theory’s prediction that benevolent sexism might have a positive linkage to life satisfaction through increased diffuse system justification, or the sense that the status quo is fair. A structural equation model revealed that benevolent sexism was positively associated with diffuse system justification within a sample of 274 college women and 111 college men. Additionally, benevolent sexism was indirectly associated with life satisfaction for both women and men through diffuse system justification. In contrast, hostile sexism was not related to diffuse system justification or life satisfaction. The results imply that although benevolent sexism perpetuates inequality at the structural level, it might offer some benefits at the personal level. Thus, our findings reinforce the dangerous nature of benevolent sexism and emphasize the need for interventions to reduce its prevalence.
(Read entire post.)
 More on chivalry from First Things, HERE.

And a wonderful article on the crisis of masculinity. Perhaps if our young men had positive ways of establishing their manhood they would not have to kill. To quote:
A crisis of masculinity dawned on the Catholic Church forty years ago and now we’re squinting in the noonday sun wondering ‘what happened?’  It’s time to admit that one of the most critical features of the new evangelization, if not the most critical, is the re-evangelization of men to Christ.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Men then need formation to assist them to become Christlike: strong, decisive, chaste, self-sacrificing, not ruled by rage, loins, or the feminist superego that’s emasculated them for five decades and made them believe that to be a man means to be sensitive, non-judgmental and most of all silent on the issues that matter. (Read entire post.)

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