Attitudes toward Gays and Lesbians: Gender and Sexism
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Heterosexuals, particularly males, typically hold more negative attitudes towards gays than lesbians (Herek, 2002; Kerns & Fine, 1994). We explored the relation between sexism and the attitudes toward homosexuality in 99 male and 226 female college students, using the stereotype content model (Cuddy, Fiske, & Glick, 2004), the Attitude towards Lesbians and Gay Men Scale (Herek, 1999) and the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory (Glick & Fiske, 2001). For men and women together as well as for each sex separately the sexism measures were significantly correlated with attitudes towards gay men and attitudes toward lesbians. Also, compared to women, men had significantly more negative attitudes towards gay men than lesbians.