Racist people are almost always sexist – and vice versa. Both personality traits stem from the same attitude. People with these attitude traits also prefer authoritarian societies and have no problem with certain groups dominating other groups.
It was Maite Garaigordobil, researcher at the University of the Basque Country (Spain) who found this unpleasant side of human nature.
Garaigordobil hoped to prove that racists have low self esteem, but that link could not be established. However, she did find that all racists she interviewed were also sexists. This group of people also thought that if you were discriminated against, you “deserved” it.
Sexist men describe themselves in very masculine terms: dominant, strong or brave. Sexist women describe themselves by mentioning what they are not: sentimental, sensitive and compassionate. Both groups prefer to stay withing the limits of their own group and would rather not mingle with other cultures.
The survey was filled out by 802 participants from the Basque state and was published in the Spanish journal Revista de Psicodidáctica.
Maite Garaigordobil, & Jone Aliri (2011). Hostile and Benevolent Sexism: Relations with Self-Concept, Racism and Intercultural Sensitivity Revista de Psicodidáctica, 16 (2), 331-350