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Kasey Mayberry Sociology Professor Foster February 29, 2008 Barreto, Manuela; Ellemers, Naomi. The Perils of Political Correctness: Men’s and Women’s Responses to Old-Fashioned and Modern Sexist Views . Social Psychology Quarterly . Volume 68, Number 1. 2005. Pages 75-88. Research Problem: Gender bias has changed from an old-fashioned, more overt form, into a more subtle, politically correct version. The authors of the study wanted to find out how each form of gender discrimination affected both subordinate women and dominant male groups. The study was designed to determine how women and men each dealt with old-fashioned discrimination, i.e., statements like “women are generally not as smart as men” (76 Barreto, Ellemers) and the more subtle modern sexism. In their first hypothesis, the authors predict that women would be more likely than men to detect old-fashioned sexism; but less likely to think modern sexism is discriminatory. In their second hypothesis, the study authors predict that women exposed to old fashioned sexism will have more hostility, and women exposed to modern sexism will have more anxiety. Additionally, they expect men to have more hostility to old-fashioned sexism and no reaction to modern sexism. Significance Sexism is a prejudice that women suffer across the modern world. It affects their career potential, their relationships with men, and their sense of self. In most modern countries, old- fashioned sexism is considered taboo. Lest women think that their lives are now free of this problem, a less obvious form of sexism has replaced it. “…those who insist that women enjoy equal opportunities imply that any lack of career success can stem only from women’s inferior abilities and/or effort compared to men’s: women either are unable or do not wish to pursue a career” (76 Barreto, Ellemers). To eliminate the problem of sexism, it’s necessary to understand it, and to do that, the study authors must understand how women and men each react to old- fashioned and modern sexist statements. The also needed to discover how many men versus 1
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Kasey Mayberry Sociology Professor Foster February 29, 2008 women were able to detect sexism today; if women don’t detect it, they cannot react to it or take action to produce further equality. Methods/Procedures
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