Conservative White Women: How Fear of Crime Perpetuates the Patriarchy



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To understand White women’s political-ideological perspectives, two studies were conducted. I examined White women’s attitudes regarding fear of being a victim of crime, patriarchal beliefs, attitudes towards police discrimination, attributes in a presidential candidate, sexism, and trait preferences in a romantic partner. Through correlational analyses, I found that White women who believe the world is dangerous and fear being a victim of crime are more likely to endorse a conservative ideology. In addition, when White women endorse a conservative ideology, they are more likely to desire a president and romantic partner with dominant traits. Through both studies, I uncover a better understanding of why White women endorse and perpetuate patriarchal beliefs in exchange for protection.



Conservatism, White women, political ideology, fear of crime, patriarchy