Chivalry Is Sexist?

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At least that seems to be a theme in a new teachers’ prep course. “A resource guide for professors at Western Washington University argues that there is a ‘dual nature of prejudice toward women,’ counting adoration as ‘sexism,'” Cory Compton reports on the Campus Reform blog maintained by the Leadership Institute. “The WWU Teaching Handbook is ‘an online introduction to resources for teaching both at the University and via the online collective of materials related to best practices,’ and was created by an ad hoc committee formed in 2011.”

“The Ambivalent Sexism Inventory, found in the Inclusive Teaching Toolkit section of the handbook, provides two definitions of sexism: ‘hostile sexism’ involves ‘“negative feelings toward women,’ while ‘benevolent sexism’ is a ‘knight-in-shining armor ideology that offers protection and affection to women who conform to traditional gender roles.'”