Ambivalent Sexism Inventory

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  1. steve319

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    Been awhile since we've had a new quiz, right? I've used this one with students a few times, and it has never failed to encourage thoughtful reflection and promote some important self-analyis.

    (at least so far)

    Here's the blurb:

    "Women -- you can't live with them, and you can't live without them."

    This male quip captures something essential about the face of sexism: an ambivalence, or doubled-edged way of thinking, in which women are sometimes treated with contempt and sometimes adored.

    How can adoration qualify as sexism? To answer this question, you are invited to take the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory and explore the dual nature of prejudice toward women. The inventory takes roughly 5 minutes to complete, and afterward you can compare your level of sexism with the scores received by people from around the world.


    Here's the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory
     
  2. Dr Rock

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    Hostile Sexism Score: 0.09
    Benevolent Sexism Score: 0.64

    I found it difficult to give very accurate responses cos most of the questions involve gross generalizations ... but maybe that's the idea :shrug:
     
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    An interesting little survey. My scores were very very low on both measurements. I guess I really do treat women as equals. Of course, that has worked for me, and also against me. Over the years, I have tried to extend equal treatment to my coworkers, regardless of gender. But I have run into three or four women over the years who try to use this ambivalence to their advantage.

    "DC, would you please stack these heavy boxes over there for me?"
    "Aren't you getting paid more than me?"
    "#@#! son of a %*$(^!"

    And on the other side, I was taught to be courteous not only to women, but to everyone. If I went out a door first, I held it for someone following me. A woman screamed and cursed at me in a public place for holding the door for her, when she was perfectly capable of opening the damned door herself, she didn't need some man to come to her rescue. I only held the door for her because she had a shopping bag in one hand and her purse in the other.

    But there are some who do appreciate good manners. My partner and I were walking around a strip mall while waiting for our car to be serviced (new tires, yea!) and saw a woman struggling out of a "Babies R Us" store with her child, the stroller, and a couple of large items she had purchased. The door was in an awkward placement, and there was not much room to maneuver out with a shopping cart, let alone all the other stuff. We offered to carry the large boxes to her vehicle while she carried the child and the stroller. It wasn't far, just inconvenient. She accepted, we helped her, and she was very appreciative. I have not lost hope.
     
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    Hostile Sexism Score: 2.18
    Benevolent Sexism Score: 1.45

    What a crock of shit.
     
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    Here is my score:

    Hostile Sexism Score: 2.36
    Benevolent Sexism Score: 1.73

    I wonder what this says about my feelings towards my own gender? LOL!

    Naughty
     
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    Hostile Sexism 0.64
    Benevolent sexism 1.64

    Steve 319 what was your score?
     
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    Naughty, you are a discredit to us all! ha/ha

    mine:
    Hostile Sexism Score: 1.82
    Benevolent Sexism Score: 3.09
     
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    My response to her would have been "I'm sorry, I didn't realize that you were a woman."
     
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    Yeah, I think that's part of the point. I've found that a lot of my students have never considered the implicit assumptions that go along with some of those more "reasonable" statements.

    Now that we're seeing some scores, I begin to wonder what sort of differences we would see between the people here at LPSG and the general public.

    You think maybe the average hostile sexism score will be higher or lower than the overall average among women who frequent this place? I'd bet the benevolent score would be lower here than in the overall sample.

    Also, I wonder if among men the average hostile rating here would be higher than that of the general public.

    Anyway, Matthew, I don't remember my numbers from when I did it, but I know the benevolent one was higher. Actually, they were probably a lot like yours.

    EDIT: Took it again just now with these results

    Hostile Sexism Score: 0.09
    Benevolent Sexism Score: 0.82

    Does this mean that, for me, chivalry really is dead? ;) I open doors for men and women, usually.
     
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    Well here are my scores

    Hostile Sexism Score: 2.27
    Benevolent Sexism Score: 2.18


    They seem to be on par for the "average" US man.
     
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    Hostile sexism score: 0.64
    Benevolent " " : 3.27
     
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    Hostile Sexism Score: 2.55
    Benevolent Sexism Score: 1.36
     
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    Hostile sexism: 1.91
    Benevolent sexism: 0.27


    I'm sure I'm more hostile towards women on the workforce than some because some of them deserve it! While it's not many, or the majority, there are a few who act like delicate lilies that need to be pampered and it fucks me up! Women will only be seen as equals when we all start acting like it.
     
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    Workin' up a good pot of mad!

    LOL!

    Jana I think a similiar attitude is responsible for my percentages as well. Make no mistake I am all about empowerment of my sisters, but I hate infantilism, manipulation and the use of sex to get one's way. We have to keep it real. This is why I think Soap Operas are the spawn of Satan.They teach silly women that all you have to do is exercise duplicity and sexual power games to get to the top of the heap. Uh, no! You need skills, not skillz!

    Naughty
     
  15. Dr. Dilznick

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    I'm going to have to call bullshit on that one.
     
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    Hostile:1.55
    Benevolent: .91

    The generalizations of "most," etc., bother me a lot. My responses to all the questions would be more realistic on an individual basis. Negatives bother me regardless of gender.
     
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    Strange test.
     
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    I'm going to have to call bullshit on that one.
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    it's the same as i got. what's the problem?
     
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    Hostile: 0.64
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  20. steve319

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    Maybe because I'm perceived as an easier target than the formidable Rock.

    To quote that aforementioned Rock, "Whatever." ;)

    Wonder, though, if the "bullshit" accusation is meant to question the validitiy of my opinions or the fact that I hold them at all.

    But I don't wonder all that much.

    If it's the former, well, perhaps I'm naïve. Been called that before. If the latter, then I'd know there's no need to consider the accusation any it further.
     
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