Sex Roles

, Volume 61, Issue 1, pp 101–109

Internalized Misogyny as a Moderator of the Link between Sexist Events and Women’s Psychological Distress

  • Dawn M. Szymanski
  • Arpana Gupta
  • Erika R. Carr
  • Destin Stewart
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11199-009-9611-y

Cite this article as:
Szymanski, D.M., Gupta, A., Carr, E.R. et al. Sex Roles (2009) 61: 101. doi:10.1007/s11199-009-9611-y

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between internalized misogyny and two other forms of internalized sexism, self-objectification and passive acceptance of traditional gender roles. In addition, it examined the moderating role of internalized misogyny in the link between sexist events and psychological distress. Participants consisted of 274 heterosexual women who were recruited at a large southern university in the United States and completed an online survey. Results indicated that internalized misogyny was related to, but conceptually distinct from self-objectification and passive acceptance. Findings also indicated that greater experiences of sexist events were associated with higher levels of psychological distress. In addition, internalized misogyny intensified the relationship between external sexism and psychological distress.

Keywords

Internalized sexismSexist eventsOppressionFeminist theory

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dawn M. Szymanski
    • 1
  • Arpana Gupta
    • 1
  • Erika R. Carr
    • 1
  • Destin Stewart
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Tennessee-KnoxvilleKnoxvilleUSA