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Chivalry Linked to Sexist Views of Women
Yahoo! ^ | 2/11/2003 | Jacqueline Stenson

Posted on 02/11/2003 9:27:41 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Health) - Chivalry isn't all it's cracked up to be, suggests new research showing that men who hold doors for women also tend to hold sexist views about them.

"On the surface, you would say these are really polite gentlemen," said study author William Altermatt, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan in Flint.

But women may not find their underlying beliefs about the opposite sex very considerate, he said.

At a recent meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Altermatt reported research showing that men who supported chivalry also generally believed that women are not as competent and powerful as men and that their place is in the home.

In one study, 201 college students (66% male) completed questionnaires about their beliefs on chivalry and attitudes toward women.

Responses revealed a clear association between chivalry and sexist beliefs, a link that is based on stereotypes, Altermatt and colleagues found.

The belief that women are less competent and powerful than men explained both chivalry --that women must be protected and provided for by men--and sexist beliefs that women are not qualified for high-power positions, the researchers concluded.

In a second study, they sought more information about chivalry and female stereotypes from an additional 185 college students (62% male). Participants evaluated three stereotypical subgroups of women and also completed a questionnaire about their views on chivalry.

The participants reporting high support for chivalry gave more favorable ratings to homemakers and less favorable ratings to career women and sexually permissive women than the low-chivalry participants did.

The researchers said these findings extend those of the first study by suggesting that chivalrous men not only endorse the stereotype that women are less competent and powerful than men but also disapprove of women who violate this stereotype--those who are high in competence and power or low in virtue.

While women shared some of the same views as men, there were differences. "Men were more favorable to chivalry than women and they also had more stereotypes of women," Altermatt said.

He describes chivalry as a type of "benevolent sexism." While chivalry may seem nice, he explained, the basis for it nonetheless is that women are in need of help by men.

"It makes men look great, but it's also got this baggage," Altermatt said. "It doesn't always make sense."


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To: Jeff Chandler
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51 posted on 02/11/2003 11:31:34 AM PST by Middle Man
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To: Mr. Jeeves
"The participants reporting high support for chivalry gave more favorable ratings to homemakers and less favorable ratings to career women and sexually permissive women than the low-chivalry participants did.

The researchers said these findings extend those of the first study by suggesting that chivalrous men not only endorse the stereotype that women are less competent and powerful than men but also disapprove of women who violate this stereotype--those who are high in competence and power or low in virtue."

Is it me or is there a disconnect between those paragraphs. How does he get from "favoring" homemakers to "women are less competent"? This guy makes quite a leap.
Oh, and I'm a sexist. I much rather spend my time in the company of a mature, confidant, capable, warm, loving woman than this guy, or most guys for that matter.

52 posted on 02/11/2003 11:31:37 AM PST by A Navy Vet
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To: Mr. Jeeves
If a woman wants to be treated like a man. Fine! But don't expect me to be gentlemanly when you compete against me. I will treat you just as I would a man, and kick your ass.
53 posted on 02/11/2003 11:37:43 AM PST by CyberSpartacus
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To: A Navy Vet
I much rather spend my time in the company of a mature, confidant, capable, warm, loving woman...

Too late, buddy. She's already married to me.

54 posted on 02/11/2003 11:47:27 AM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ; -)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
Well, this woman likes it when men behave like gentlemen.
55 posted on 02/11/2003 11:51:11 AM PST by MEGoody
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To: Billthedrill
"The women it pleases are worth pleasing, the women it pisses off are worth pissing off."

LOL Excellent point.

56 posted on 02/11/2003 11:52:52 AM PST by MEGoody
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To: Mr. Jeeves
The participants reporting high support for chivalry gave more favorable ratings to homemakers and less favorable ratings to ... sexually permissive women than the low-chivalry participants did.

And this is bad why??

Laughable "research" anyhow. Long live chivalry!
57 posted on 02/11/2003 11:52:56 AM PST by k2blader
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To: Sir Gawain
What do you tell a man with no balls?

Nothing, you already told him twice!

58 posted on 02/11/2003 11:54:00 AM PST by MEGoody
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To: Mr. Jeeves
"Sexist Republican Pig! How dare you hold that door for me!!!"

I actually had something similar said to me when I did so for a lady in Washington DC. I was surprised by it, to say the least. Being British and thus unaware of this rather blunt end of feminism didn't help either.

Regards, Ivan

59 posted on 02/11/2003 11:55:30 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: Mr. Jeeves
To the gentlemen responding to this article: Chivalry is always welcome. It reminds us of what real men should be.

THANK YOU! From a lady who appreciates being treated as one.
60 posted on 02/11/2003 11:56:11 AM PST by Desdemona
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To: Jeff Chandler
Got my own...:)
61 posted on 02/11/2003 12:00:06 PM PST by A Navy Vet
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To: Mr. Jeeves
suggests new research showing that men who hold doors for women also tend to hold sexist views about them.

I don't remember them interviewing me.

62 posted on 02/11/2003 12:03:42 PM PST by weikel (Your commie has no regard for human life not even his own)
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To: Jeff Chandler
What a nightmare :).
63 posted on 02/11/2003 12:04:44 PM PST by weikel (Your commie has no regard for human life not even his own)
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To: ArrogantBustard
An earmark of totalitarianism: setting the tone, terms, rules, boundaries and language of the debate.
64 posted on 02/11/2003 12:11:18 PM PST by Middle Man
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To: Mr. Jeeves
Oh how silly. It's simply good manners. I LOVE it when anyone holds the door open for me. And I frequently hold doors open for others, regardless of sex.
65 posted on 02/11/2003 12:14:36 PM PST by technochick99 (Self defense is a basic human right. http://www.2ASisters.org)
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To: Middle Man
Absolutely. Have you noticed the replacement of "Father" and "Mother" with the generic "parent" (or "parent/guardian") in many forms of print, and A/V media? And you happily go along with it. You complain about childrens' programming on the TV being an attempt to brainwash your sons and daughters, and rightly so. But they aren't the only targets; the programmers are after your brain, too...
66 posted on 02/11/2003 12:17:20 PM PST by ArrogantBustard
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To: Mr. Jeeves
Well, my parent...er, mother, has been a homemaker since she married my other parent...er, my dad. She's the woman I admire most in the world. It takes far more competence and brains to stay home and raise good human beings than to leave the kids in daycare while Mommy persues her career. I'm thankful my mother stayed home to raise her children.

Homemakers/stay at home moms (God bless you), have been getting a bad rap for years and years and I'm sick of it. I'm sick of the left giving men a bad rap, too.

67 posted on 02/11/2003 12:47:09 PM PST by Luna (Freedom Forever!)
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To: steve-b
They must have abortions, and the result is millions of bastard children...

silly me - it was NOT an intentional parody - just my own bad proofreading.

I should have said that their hatred of the natural order combined with sicko lust for other women, combined with the casual meaningless sex with irresponsible men, lead to millions of abortions AND millions of bastard children.

68 posted on 02/11/2003 12:49:54 PM PST by First Amendment
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To: ArrogantBustard
"And you happily go along with it."

Actually, no. Most of Cartoon Network is verboten in our house. Also -- regrettably -- Disney Channel, since it's mostly just new-age PC crap. We pulled the plug on that when I found myself watching it and saying over and over, "Walt must be spinning in his grave at the stuff being done in his name by Eisner and company." Looney Toons and Tom and Jerry are still okay, and Animal Planet is pretty harmless.

The problem is when our children go to friends' houses, where the parental (there's that word again!) controls are more lax, or nonexistent.

69 posted on 02/11/2003 1:34:15 PM PST by Middle Man
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To: Mr. Jeeves
I'm a feminist and I would NEVER infer all that about a person opening a door for me. Stereotyping and blind assumptions about people are wrong no matter who is doing it. I want to be given the benefit of the doubt, so I give it to others. I assume everyone is capable, fair and open minded until proven otherwise.

Plus, I open doors for people all the time. It's simply curteous and no big deal.
70 posted on 02/12/2003 11:48:43 AM PST by Lorianne
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