Women are Wonderful, but Most Are Disliked

Kristin J. Anderson

in Modern Misogyny

Published in print September 2014 | ISBN: 9780199328178
Published online November 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780190222550 | DOI:
Women are Wonderful, but Most Are Disliked

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Chapter 5 explores the research on attitudes toward women. The category “women” elicits more warm feelings than the category “men.” This phenomenon has been described by social psychologists as the women-are-wonderful effect. Many individual women embrace and find protection in the warm feelings people tend to have for women. However, on further examination, we find that most women do not benefit from the women-are-wonderful effect because the phenomenon is relevant to the most traditional women who adhere to strict gender roles (e.g., homemakers). Most women today do not conform to traditional gender roles—they are working women, women leaders, athletes, feminists, soldiers, lesbians—and people’s views of nontraditional women are negative. Chapter 5 explores the experimental research on nontraditional women, exposing and explaining the modern misogyny of attitudes toward contemporary women.

Keywords: attitudes toward women; nontraditional women; women are wonderful

Chapter.  13671 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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