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Attitudes to Sexism and the #MeToo Movement at a Danish University

Gendering in Research talk by Lea Skewes, Dept. of Political Science AU

2020.01.15 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Thu 30 Jan
Time 11:00 13:00
Location IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312

Abstract

In a former Gendering in Research talk Lea Skewes showed a positive correlation between modern sexism attitudes and peoples´ attitude to the universities gender equity policy – revealing that only modern sexists thought the current gender equity policy was sufficient (or even too much). In this talk she will explore the relationship between academic employee’s modern sexism attitudes and their attitudes to the #MeToo movement to better understand how interventions designed to address sexual harassment might be received in Danish academia. Using a survey on employees (N = 1128) at a large Danish University we demonstrate that attitudes to #MeToo correlates with their modern sexism scores, so that those higher in modern sexism scores were against the movement while lower scores were supportive of the movement. An analysis of the open answers about the #MeToo movement also uncovered two prominent themes: (1) delegitimizing the purposes of the movement, and (2) a perception that men and women have different types, or possibly different degrees of, human rights.

 

The article which covers Lea Skewes last Gendering in Research talk:
https://tidsskrift.dk/KKF/article/view/116118/164297

Find a short video summary of the research project here: https://medarbejdere.au.dk/strategi/ufes/genderbalance/genderbias/

About the speaker

Lea Skewes, Postdoc
Department of Political Science

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The Gendering in Research Network provides a platform for gender researchers and students at Aarhus University to discuss, collaborate, and exchange ideas. For further information about the Gendering in Research Network, please contact: Lea Skewes, IMC Theresa Ammann, IMC

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