Sexism is defined as any prejudice or discrimination against an individual based on gender. Although sexism is most often associated with prejudice or discrimination against women, it can also be manifested against people of other genders. This entry describes the origins of ambivalent sexism, as well as modern sexism. It reviews numerous examples of the relationships between sexist attitudes and other attitudes, perceptions, beliefs, and even behaviors, and it discusses what has been done to confront and reduce sexism. This entry emphasizes the importance of continuous research of the topic and exploration of potential ways to minimize and potentially diminish sexist attitudes.

Theoretical Background

Ambivalent Sexism

There are two main types of sexist attitudes: hostile and benevolent. Hostile sexism refers to negative stereotyping of individuals based on ...

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