WELLINGTON: Heterosexual sexist men who think their female partners or wives want to control them are more likely to underestimate their power in romantic relationships and act aggressively, researchers say.
The study examined what is known as hostile sexism, or the belief that women want to control men, in romantic relationships because the power dynamic is different from the workplace or other areas of life.
“Power dynamics are not as simple in intimate relationships because even in well-functioning relationships, both partners are inescapably dependent on each other,” said Emily J. Cross, post-doctoral student from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
“This mutual dependence constrains an individual’s power. This can be very difficult for men who have sexist views because they are already concerned about losing power to women and they may lash out at their significant other in harmful ways,” he added.
For the study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the team included 1,096 heterosexual men and women across four experiments among which 590 of them were couples.
The team found that men who showed more hostile sexist views felt they had less power in their relationships, were more aggressive toward their partners by being critical or unpleasant.
They try to restore the perceived power imbalance through their aggressive behaviour, not because they wanted more dominance over their partners, the researchers said.
On the other hand, the study also examined women with hostile sexist views, or the belief that men are better suited for powerful positions in society and that women should support men’s power.
Results showed that such women had less desire for power in their relationships.
Finding Love Online Can Be A Cakewalk, Just Avoid These Seven Mistakes
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Everything in this world has become digital now. You can even find love by just one swipe of your finger. But some restrictions imposed by photo and character limits leave some of us at a bit of a loose end.
According to The Independent, two Reddit users asked men and women to list the red flags they’ve seen on dating profiles.
These are the seven mistakes people make while writing about themselves in a dating app bio: