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Sex Prejudice among White Protestants: Like or Unlike Ethnic Prejudice?

Charles W. Peek and Sharon Brown
Social Forces
Vol. 59, No. 1 (Sep., 1980), pp. 169-185
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2577839
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2577839
Page Count: 17
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Sex Prejudice among White Protestants: Like or Unlike Ethnic Prejudice?
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Abstract

Analysis of attitudes about female participation in politics from two recent national polls reveals divergence between white Protestant prejudice toward women and white Protestant prejudice toward race and ethnic groups documented by previous research. Like ethnic prejudice, political sex prejudice is higher among white Protestants than among unaffiliated whites. Unlike ethnic prejudice, (1) persons affiliated with fundamentalist Protestant groups do not display greater sex prejudice than those affiliated with nonfundamentalist groups; (2) among the sample as a whole and among nonfundamentalists, the less religious are not more prejudiced toward women than the more religious; and (3) within fundamentalist groups the more religious exhibit higher levels of sex prejudice, an association that does not appear due to variations in localism. This divergence seems more a result of a biblical bias against women pervasive among Protestant groups (unlike the absence of biblical statements about most current race and ethnic groups) rather than of women's in-group status (unlike the usual out-group status of race and ethnic groups).

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