benevolent sexism

[ buh-nev-uh-luh nt sek-siz-uh m ]
/ bəˈnɛv ə lənt ˈsɛk sɪz əm /



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Origin of benevolent sexism

First recorded in 1970–75

Definition for benevolent sexism (2 of 2)

ambivalent sexism
[ am-biv-uh-luh nt sek-siz-uh m ]
/ æmˈbɪv ə lənt ˈsɛk sɪz əm /


a theory that sexism toward women is multidimensional, one form (hostile sexism) reflecting negative views of women who challenge traditional gender roles, and the other form (benevolent sexism) reflecting positive views of women who conform to these roles.

Origin of ambivalent sexism

First recorded in 1990–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020