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

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We 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 categorized employees open answers about their attitudes to the #MeToo Movement as either (a) supportive, (b) ambivalent, or (c) against. We demonstrated that these categories were correlated with employees’ modern sexism scores, such 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. We discuss the implications for the implementation of gender equity interventions.
TidsskriftNORA- Nordic Journal of Women Studies
StatusAfsendt - 2020

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