"'whether a domestic traditionalist can also be an organizational egalitarian?' The answer we posit is 'no.'"
July 5, 2012 2:32 PM Subscribe
posted by ambrosia (56 comments total)
23 users marked this as a favorite
Researchers found [.pdf]
, after a series of four studies that "husbands embedded in traditional and neo-traditional marriages (relative to husbands embedded in modern ones) exhibit attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that undermine the role of women in the workplace." The potential resistors focused on are husbands embedded in marriages that structurally mirror the 1950s ideal American family portrayed in the “Adventures of Ozzzie and Harriet” sitcom.
"We found that employed husbands in traditional marriages, compared to those in modern marriages, tend to (a) view the presence of women in the workplace unfavorably, (b) perceive that organizations with higher numbers of female employees are operating less smoothly, (c) find organizations with female leaders as relatively unattractive, and (d) deny, more frequently, qualified female employees opportunities for promotion."
"we believe it is important to emphasize the nature of the attitudes and beliefs (and, perhaps even behaviors) that have been discussed. Ample theorizing and data indicate that the gender attitudes and behaviors we are concerned with can be thought of as explicit (conscious) or implicit (unconscious). Thus, the husbands we have posited to occupy a pocket of resistance should not necessarily be thought of as cold-hearted, calculated sexists; rather, it is perhaps more the case that they are unaware of their gender biases. "
Reactions from The Atlantic Monthly
and the Eagle Forum