Sex Roles

, Volume 62, Issue 7–8, pp 468–480 | Cite as

Social Dominance and Sexual Self-Schema as Moderators of Sexist Reactions to Female Subtypes

Original Article


Theoretically, ambivalent sexism maintains gender hierarchy through benevolence toward conforming women but hostility toward nonconforming women. Men have shown ambivalent sexism to sex-typed vignettes describing “chaste” and “promiscuous” women (Sibley and Wilson 2004). This study of 117 Florida male and female undergraduate participants examined whether, benefiting more from gender hierarchy, men respond more extremely. If sexism supports gender hierarchy, social dominance also should moderate ambivalent sexism. Sexual self-schema (detailed, self-confident sexual information-processing) might moderate men’s and women's hostility. Supporting ambivalent sexism theory, women's hostility targeted the promiscuous character, but their benevolence targeted the chaste character, with men unexpectedly differentiating less. Social dominance enhanced Hostile Sexism and its differentiating the two female subtypes. Sexual self-schema moderated women’s but not men’s hostility.


Ambivalent sexism Female subtype Social dominance Sexual self-schema Gender differences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MAST AcademyMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational and Psychological StudiesUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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