Ambivalent sexism in the United Arab Emirates: Quantifying gender attitudes in a rapidly modernizing society

Angela T. Maitner, P. J. Henry

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Abstract

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has prioritized increasing equality between men and women. This research investigates whether equality initiatives are reflected in residents’ attitudes toward women. Five hundred eighty-four Arab participants completed measures of ambivalent sexism, religiosity, and political conservatism, and reported stereotypes about women. Results suggest that Arab participants score similarly on measures of hostile and benevolent sexism to participants from other countries high in economic and political gender inequality; and measures of hostility and benevolence correlate with social attitudes as they do elsewhere around the globe. However, unlike in other datasets exploring contexts of high gender inequality, Arab women score significantly lower on benevolent sexism than men. We explore these findings in light of political and legal policies that have different implications for women’s empowerment in the public and private spheres.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)831-843
Number of pages13
JournalGroup Processes and Intergroup Relations
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

Keywords

  • Arab participants
  • ambivalent sexism
  • attitudes toward women
  • gender equality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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