Understanding Benevolent Sexism
Once upon a time, there was a really nice man. Just for arguments sake, let’s call him Rudolph..
Bit too much like a reindeer?
How about Rupert?
Murdoch immediately comes to mind, not a good look.
I know, how about Randolph, or Randy for short. Anyway Randy is this pretty demure sort of guy that – well, read on…
Something can’t actually be sexist if it’s really, really nice, right?
I mean, if someone compliments me on my looks or my cooking, that’s not sexist. That’s awesome! I should be thrilled that I’m being noticed for something positive!
Yet there are many comments that, while seemingly complimentary, somehow still feel wrong. These comments may focus on an author’s appearance rather than the content of her writing, or mention how surprising it is that she’s a woman, being that her field is mostly…
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