By Levi Clancy for Student Reader on

▶︎ View related▼︎ Tap to hide
Classical sexism states that women are either virginal or villainous.


Benevolent sexism has three major manifestations. It rewards women for conforming to gender roles. Benevolent sexism can be restrictive to women because it places them on a pedestal. When women fall off this pedestal, they are punished more severely than men.

  1. Protection (rescuing them first)

  2. Heterosexual (men are incomplete without women).

  3. Morality (women have greater moral integrity than men).


Hostile sexism punishes women for not conforming to gender roles. An example is calling women manipulative and superficial.


Ambivalent sexism is a combination of both benevolent and hostile sexism.

Modern sexism states that sexism does not exist at all anymore.