Sex Roles

, Volume 62, Issue 5–6, pp 374–386 | Cite as

Interconnecting Race and Gender Relations: Racism, Sexism and the Attribution of Sexism to the Racialized Other

  • Lavinia Gianettoni
  • Patricia Roux
Original Article


This article analyzes the way that attitudes about gender and race relations are interconnected. Based on a survey study conducted in Switzerland with a sample of 273 Swiss nationals (125 men and 148 women), it shows that the attribution of a higher level of sexism to “racialized Others” than to Swiss individuals is a racist process resulting in the justification and naturalization of the ordinary Swiss sexism seen in the gendered division of labor. However, this study also shows that the attribution of a higher level of sexism to the Other can be countered by simultaneously adopting both feminist and non-racist attitudes.


Sexism Feminism Racism Interconnecting hierarchical social relations 



We would like to thank the editor of Sex Roles and two anonymous reviewers for their very helpful comments on previous versions of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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