Benevolent sexism is a variety of sexism that is, on its surface, positive ("benevolent") toward women.


  • "Women are so good at communication" (Essentialism)
  • "Women are great at understanding the user, so you should work on the front end" (Pigeonholing)
  • "Women are too smart to work long hours for little reward" [1]
  • "Women are more interested in applications of technology to help people than in theoretical work" (a view expressed in Unlocking the Clubhouse which was later debunked)
  • "Women are nicer and more polite than men" (when stated without acknowledgment that women are systematically punished for not being excessively polite and deferential)

Research and further reading

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