The women-are-wonderful effect is the phenomenon that people associate more positive attributes with women compared to men. The phrase was coined by researcher Alice Eagly and Antonio Mladinic in 1994 after finding that both male and especially female participants tend to assign positive traits to women. The tendency to give members of one's own sex more positive evaluations, i.e. in-group preference, is 4.5 times higher in women.
Women are worse in almost any regardEdit
Women are frequently regarded as more empathetic, less violent etc., even though they are in truth more likely than men to initiate intimate partner violence, are less cooperative with their own sex, are less generous in high-status positions, report more same-sex conflicts and take longer for conflict resolution, more often than men slut-shame other women, have a stronger anti-female bias in peer review, are more interrupted by other women than by men, more likely to socially exclude. Female gossip has also been a concern throughout history.
In short, women are on average worse than men in almost any regard, especially in their completely useless intrasexual competition. It's only that they have a lower activity level and thus get less things done and thus do less of the bad things.
The authors suggested that the bias comes from the association between women and nurturing characteristics.
It may also come from men having selected women who stick to themselves (and stick fingers into each other) and find other men uninteresting. This helps men to avoid getting cuckolded. This is why women are seen to form flocks and spend time with each other on the toilet etc.
The women-are-wonderful effect might also be related to women's tendency to rate men's physical attractiveness as worse, which might be born from an inclination to avoid initiating a relationship and hence bearing the responsibility, making it extraordinarily easy to squash unwanted sexual approaches.
Conversely a better evaluation of women by men may stem from men being more strongly drawn to women due to Bateman's principle.
With runaway virtue signaling due to the prevalence of feminism lots of men are pressured to be nice to women which possibly only increases their sexual frustration, making them virtue signal about women's superiority even more.
- Eagly AH, Mladinic A. 1994. Are people prejudiced against women? Some answers from research on attitudes, gender stereotypes, and judgments of competence. [Abstract]
- Eagly AH, Mladinic A. 1989. Gender Stereotypes and Attitudes Toward Women and Men. [Abstract]
- Eagly AH, Mladinic A. 1991. Are women evaluated more favorably than men? An analysis of attitudes, beliefs and emotions. [Abstract]