Sex Roles

, Volume 44, Issue 3–4, pp 177–188

Is Female Body Esteem Shaped by Benevolent Sexism?


DOI: 10.1023/A:1010903003521

Cite this article as:
Franzoi, S.L. Sex Roles (2001) 44: 177. doi:10.1023/A:1010903003521


The present investigation sought to determine whether women's body attitudes could be understood as a manifestation of benevolent sexism. Results indicated that women who held many benevolent sexist beliefs not only used more cosmetics when preparing for a romantic date than women who endorsed few such beliefs, but they also expressed more positive attitudes toward an aspect of female body esteem, sexual attractiveness, that can be altered using cosmetic products.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Marquette UniversityMilwaukee

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