Fathers Less Likely to Make Kids Sexist
So get this – even though women of the household might feel as if they’re the victim of sexism more often – they actually pass sexist attitudes down to their children more often than fathers.
The study can be read in the Psicothema journal – right there, in black and white. And Spanish. It was conducted by Dr Maite Garaigordobil, of the University of the Basque Country in Spain. The study included 1,455 children ages 11-17, along with their 764 mothers and 648 fathers.
The researchers couldn’t believe what they read, so naturally, they tried and tried to figure out a reason why it wasn’t a slam dunk against fathers – their excuse? “We are unable to confirm this relationship is of a cause-effect nature given that our study is not correlational and does not use experimental methodology,” says Dr. Garaigordobil. Darn, maybe if they used experimental methodology, they could have really stuck it to dads.
But before we get too out-of-hand with the jubilation, the study does actually implicate fathers in sexist attitudes:
The results revealed positive correlations between the mothers’ sexism (HS-BS-AS) and the BS of their sons, and with the HS, BS, and AS of their daughters. Positive correlations were found between the fathers’ sexism (BS-AS) and their sons’ sexism (HS-BS-AS-Neosexism); however, no relation was found with their daughters’ sexism. The intergenerational connection of sexism in the family was confirmed: from mothers to sons and daughters and from fathers to sons. The mother emerged as a very influential figure, although a higher connection was confirmed between the mothers’ and the daughters’ sexism and between the fathers’ and the sons’ sexism.
So, although fathers can’t schedule a parade in honor of this study, science has proven that for once, something’s not (completely) our fault.