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  Study reveals ‘benevolent sexism’


Narrator:       This is Science Today. A survey-based study that measured undergraduates' personal preferences about marriage traditions — namely, who should propose, revealed a phenomenon called "benevolent sexism." Study leader Rachael Robnett, a graduate student of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, explains.

Robnett:         The closest thing that's maybe an everyday parlance is chivalry. It's often equated to chivalry and basically it's the idea that women should be put on a pedestal and protected and on the surface it seems very positive, but there's been a lot of research linking benevolent sexism to really negative outcomes for women. My findings in particular, what they show is that there's an association between holding traditional marriage-related preferences and your endorsement of benevolent sexism. So, people who are higher in benevolent sexism tend to hold more traditional preferences.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.