Event Title

Sexism without Sexists

Research Mentor(s)

Tsunokai, Glenn

Description

Sexism without Sexists is a developing senior thesis examining how sexist beliefs persist in society today and the ways in which these beliefs have evolved to perpetuate gender inequality despite current beliefs and claims that society is near equality. Modeling the structure of Racism without Racists by Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, the thesis and survey questions are based on the following categories: naturalization, abstract liberalism, cultural sexism, minimization, and “reverse” sexism. I hypothesize that though society has adopted gender equality in some respects, sexist beliefs have evolved and continue to persist in ways that are outside our existing expectations. In order to progress further in equality for all genders, including those who do not identify with the gender binary, it is essential to pinpoint and understand the roots and mechanisms of these beliefs. As of May 2020, I am in the process of analyzing the data provided by the 677 online surveys and 11 interviews. As this is an ongoing project, results and a discussion are not currently available, but particular patterns surrounding feminism, “natural” differences between men and women, and beliefs about allegations of sexual assault and harassment have emerged.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

May 2020

End Date

May 2020

Department

Sociology

Genre/Form

student projects, posters

Type

Image

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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Sexism without Sexists

Sexism without Sexists is a developing senior thesis examining how sexist beliefs persist in society today and the ways in which these beliefs have evolved to perpetuate gender inequality despite current beliefs and claims that society is near equality. Modeling the structure of Racism without Racists by Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, the thesis and survey questions are based on the following categories: naturalization, abstract liberalism, cultural sexism, minimization, and “reverse” sexism. I hypothesize that though society has adopted gender equality in some respects, sexist beliefs have evolved and continue to persist in ways that are outside our existing expectations. In order to progress further in equality for all genders, including those who do not identify with the gender binary, it is essential to pinpoint and understand the roots and mechanisms of these beliefs. As of May 2020, I am in the process of analyzing the data provided by the 677 online surveys and 11 interviews. As this is an ongoing project, results and a discussion are not currently available, but particular patterns surrounding feminism, “natural” differences between men and women, and beliefs about allegations of sexual assault and harassment have emerged.