Hostile sexism is a part of a model of sexism developed by Peter Glick and Susan Fiske in 1996. Hostile sexism, as opposed to benevolent sexism, is a negative emotion directed specifically towards women, such as anger, resentment, etc. Hostile sexism has three sources: dominant paternalism, or a need to control women; competitive gender differentiation, which is an emphasis on the differences between women and men and a devaluation of women; and hostile heterosexuality is viewing sex a resource and women as controlling sex for their own purposes.

Hostile sexism is the type that results in men believing that women are inferior. Women are far more likely to be opposed to hostile sexism than men are. There is a correlation between hostile sexism and benevolent sexism in men, meaning that men who have hostile sexist attitudes, such as thinking a woman's place is in the kitchen, also tend to have benevolent sexist attitudes, such a believing women should be protected by men.

Based on the published works of Glick and Fiske and a recent lecture in my psych of sex differences class.

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