benevolent sexism

[ buh-nev-uh-luhnt sek-siz-uhm ]
/ bəˈnɛv ə lənt ˈsɛk sɪz əm /

noun

a form of sexism in which people, especially women, who conform to traditional gender roles are viewed in a positive manner.

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Compare hostile sexism. See also ambivalent sexism.

Origin of benevolent sexism

First recorded in 1970–75
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