High Power Mindsets Reduce Gender Identification and Benevolent Sexism Among Women (But Not Men)

Andrea C. Vial, Jaime Napier

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    We examine how feelings of power affect gender identification and the endorsement of sexism. Participants wrote essays about a time when they felt powerful or powerless (Studies 1–3) or about an event unrelated to power (Studies 2–3). Then, they reported how much they identified with their gender group. When primed with high power, women reported lower levels of gender identification, as compared to those primed with low power (Studies 1–2) and to a control condition (Studies 2–3). In Study 3, we also found that women primed with high power endorsed benevolent (but not hostile) sexism less than women in both the low power and control conditions. Power had no impact on men's gender identification or sexism.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)162-170
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
    Volume68
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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    Keywords

    • Benevolent sexism
    • Gender
    • Gender identification
    • Power

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Sociology and Political Science

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    High Power Mindsets Reduce Gender Identification and Benevolent Sexism Among Women (But Not Men). / Vial, Andrea C.; Napier, Jaime.

    In: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 68, 01.01.2017, p. 162-170.

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