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Say What? Non-Feminists More Likely to Resent Men

Our work finds that, indeed, non-feminists believe in traditional gender roles such as men being breadwinners and women being caregivers. At the same time, these non-feminists actually appear to resent the confines of the traditional roles they advocate.

— The authors of a new study in the Psychology of Women Quarterly say that nonfeminists hold negative views toward men. The study "Are Feminists Man Haters?" argues that despite popular belief, feminists reported lower levels of hostility toward men than non-feminists. Somehow I don't think this scholarly exploration will put the stereotype to rest.

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Beauty Beauty 7 years
What Muirnea said.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
I wouldn't consider myself a feminist... while I believe that women should have equal pay for equal work, and equal opportunities as men... that's about as far as it goes for me. I'll crack a few sexist jokes now and then (toward both sexes, but mainly "women best stay in the kitchen!"-esq). And I don't resent men. Most of my friends are men, and one of my best friends is a guy. I don't really like women all that much (make too much drama and talk about boring things, at least a great deal of the ones I know anyways)...
Muirnea Muirnea 7 years
So I guess I mean, a feminist is pretty much a person who wants equality all around...but working on getting women equality in particular. At least, that's how I define it.... :) It has nothing to do with bringing men down, it's about bringing women up to the same level. I think men just get really defensive whenever their authority is threatened...which caused the idea of "man haters". ;-) :P
Muirnea Muirnea 7 years
I consider myself feminist. And to me that means equality for everyone, which means not hating or looking down on anyone. Which means everyone gets to pick what they whatever they do is fine. Whether that means guys or girls want to go into the business world, or stay at home with the kids, or go live on the moon, or be a hobo on the side of the road, it's all good. And so to me, the study means that people that SAY they are non-feminists, really like the ideas of what TRUE feminism is, hence they resent feeling like men have more rights. But they say they aren't feminist b/c they are defining feminism as the stereotypical bad version...not what it really is. I mean seriously... I think a lot of people don't actually realize what feminism means. If you're a non-feminist woman, you're pretty much saying you don't want the same rights as everyone else...?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Makes sense to me. IMO if you're a feminist you feel liberated and if you feel liberated you have less reason to hold onto hostile feelings.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I'd consider myself a feminist but I'm not sexist. I've known people who look down on housewives but I don't. If anything I think they deserve more respect!
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
I'm a non-feminist and I do not resent men. I too had a less than nice experience with a feminist. There's always a few bad apples in every group. You can't put a blanket statement on any group.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
Every feminist is different. you have thous that are a little extremist, like every group.It would be stereotypical to say what feminist are and are not because they are a group form by INDIVIDUALS with different minds and experiences.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
one- i dont hate feminist and dont understand where you get that out of my comment. two- I am speaking from my experience with feminists I work with and those in my family who have voiced thier judgement on another family member for quitting her job to stay home with her newborn. they have likened her to a traitor to all that womankind has accomplished, she is a "setback" to those goals that were once unachievable by women at one time. three- its not a misconception if you have first hand knowledge.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
CaterpillarGirl is, unfortunately, operating under the same misconception as many people. Feminists actually go out of their way to DEFEND women who stay at home to raise a family, and many feminists themselves are stay-at-home moms. Actually, the idea feminists tend to promote is that traditional female roles (cooking, cleaning, childcare) are just as demanding as regular "jobs," but they have been undervalued by virtue of the fact that they are traditionally performed by women. Feminists believe that staying home and raising children IS work, but they also believe that women should have the choice of working inside and outside the home. Having said that, I have encountered women who have the mentality CaterpillarGirl described, in that they work traditionally male jobs and look down on women who stay home. However, my answer to that is that the mentality of those women is not shared by most feminists.
jth jth 7 years
Well CP what is your experience? It must be pretty bad because you really seem to not like feminists and you seem to have one view of what a feminist is. I would consider myself a feminist and I don't hate women who take on traditional roles. I don't really care what other women do, just that they have the right to choose for themselves.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
heather, i am speaking from my own experience.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I agree I find that feminists are more likely to hate women than men. They tend to hate women that take on and love the traditional female roles and judge them for that.
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