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Valentine’s Day: a classic example of benevolent sexism

It is anticipated by many, but built upon unwelcome foundations

By Jessica Abrahams   March 2016

"Lovelocks" attached to Pont des Arts bridge in Paris by couples. The bridge crosses the river Seine.

Valentine’s Day. A day of romance; a chance for men to shower their women with love and treat them like princesses.

Sounds nice, doesn’t it? But 14th February is a classic example of what people who study such things call “benevolent sexism.”

The term was coined by psychologists Peter Glick and Susan Fiske, who define it as “a subjectively positive orientation…

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