Friday, March 20, 2015

Benevolent Sexism?

                “Benevolent sexism makes men more smiley when they interact with women, and that’s bad news. Men who put women on a pedestal may be the wolves in sheep clothing hindering gender equality,” stated a brief article in the “A” section of a local paper recently.
                “A small study examining nonverbal cues in interactions between men and women finds that men deemed to have high ratings of ‘benevolent sexism’- attitudes toward women that are well-intentioned but perpetuate inequality- finds that smiling and other positive cues increase when this kind of sexism is present.”
                No. And no.
                Women make men more smiley when they interact with women. (At least the genuine ones do). Men’s smiling and other positive cues increase when this sex is present, not because of sexism.
 Do we really have to investigate why this might be in 2015? (It’s no wonder we don’t even have replacement fertility rates in the West).
And then label this smiling as “bad” and attempt to cast all those guys who smile at a woman as “wolves in sheep clothing?”
What about all the women who smile- or wink- and flirt with men? Those now empowered to ask the guys to dance? Those engaging in one night stands?
And what, then, can we make of the countless millions of women around the world in love with “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and men like Christian Grey?
I’m tired of the hypocrisy. This kind of sexism against males is not benevolent. It’s purely agenda driven.
So I conducted my own “small” study and here are my “findings”: no man can say the words “puppy” or “panties” without smiling.

And it’s not because he wants to hurt either of them.                

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