Ambivalent Sexism Inventory:

H = Hostile Sexism, B = Benevolent Sexism, (P) = Protective Paternalism, (G) = Complementary Gender Differentiation, (I) = Heterosexual Intimacy, * = reverse-scored item.


1. B(I):

No matter how accomplished he is, a man is not truly complete as a person unless he has the love of a woman.


2. H:

Many women are actually seeking special favors, such as hiring policies that favor them over men, under the guise of asking for “equality.”


3. B(P)*:

In a disaster, women ought not necessarily to be rescued before men.


4. H:

Most women interpret innocent remarks or acts as being sexist.


5. H:

Women are too easily offended.


6. B(I)* :

People are often truly happy in life without being romantically involved with a member of the other sex.


7. H* :

Feminists are not seeking for women to have more power than men.


8. B(G) :

Many women have a quality of purity that few men possess.


9. B(P) :

Women should be cherished and protected by men.


10. H :

Most women fail to appreciate fully all that men do for them.


11. H :

Women seek to gain power by getting control over men.


12. B(I) :

Every man ought to have a woman whom he adores.


13. B(I)* :

Men are complete without women.


14. H :

Women exaggerate problems they have at work.


15. H :

Once a woman gets a man to commit to her, she usually tries to put him on a tight leash.


16. H :

When women lose to men in a fair competition, they typically complain about being discriminated against.


17. B(P) :

A good woman should be set on a pedestal by her man.


18. H* :

There are actually very few women who get a kick out of teasing men by seeming sexually available and then refusing male advances.


19. B(G) :

Women, compared to men, tend to have a superior moral sensibility.


20. B(P) :

Men should be willing to sacrifice their own well being in order to provide financially for the women in their lives.


21. H* :

Feminists are making entirely reasonable demands of men.


22. B(G) :

Women, as compared to men, tend to have a more refined sense of culture and good taste.