Why are Women Attracted to Benevolently Sexist men? By Mrs Vera West

     Women are attracted to “benevolently sexist” men, according to psychological research. Whenever I read those words, I go on red alert. What does it mean?

“If a man offers to help a woman with her heavy suitcase or to parallel park her car, what should she make of the offer? Is it an innocuous act of courtesy? Or is it a sexist insult to her strength and competence? Social psychologists who describe this behavior as "benevolent sexism" firmly favor the latter view. But researchers have also revealed a paradox: Women prefer men who behave in ways that could be described as benevolently sexist over those who don't. How could this be? Some say that women simply fail to see the ways benevolent sexism undermines them because they're misled by the flattering tone of this brand of kindness. Psychologists have even suggested that benevolent sexism is more harmful than overtly hostile sexism because it is insidious, acting like "a wolf in sheep's clothing." As social psychologists, we had reservations about these conclusions. Aren't women sophisticated enough to be able to tell when a man is being patronizing?’

     What if she can’t lift the heavy suitcase … oh, wait, there are no sex differences in strength or anything else, I forgot. The answer is simple here; in the war zone that feminists have created, men should openly embrace this benevolent sexism, once known as chivalry, and let natural selection prune out the genetic types that embrace feminism, improving the resultant gene pool, in the long term.



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