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Neo-Sexism Test

Researchers Janet Swim and Laurie Cohen argue that classical sexism has to a large extent been replaced by neo-sexism, which they define as “covert or subtle forms of sexism” that are “built into cultural and societal norms.” However, not everyone agrees that what they call neo-sexism is in fact a form of sexism.

This test combines the measures of several neo-sexism scales to bring you a single, composite instrument for measuring neo-sexism across six different domains.

Where do you fall on the different domains of neo-sexism? For each of the following statements, indicate your level of agreement below.

Question 1 of 36

In this day and age, women no longer miss out on career opportunities because they are expected to do household chores.



The IDRlabs Modern Sexism Test (IDR-MST) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-MST is based on the work of Dr. Janet Swim, Ph.D. and her colleagues, who created the Modern Sexism Scale. The IDR-MST is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of social psychology, personality psychology, or any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs Modern Sexism Test was informed by the Modern Sexism Scale’s criteria for modern sexism, as published in Swim, J. K., Aikin, K. J., Hall, W. S. & Hunter, B. A. (1995). Sexism and racism: Old-fashioned and modern prejudice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 68, 199±214; Swim, J. K. & Cohen L. L. (1997). Overt, covert, and subtle sexism: A comparison between the Attitudes Toward Women and Modern Sexism Scales. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 21, 103-118; Ekehammar, B., Akrami, N. & Araya, T. (2001). Development and validation of Swedish classical and modern sexism scales. Scandinavian journal of psychology.

The work of Dr. Swim and her colleagues has also informed some of the criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instrument, the Modern Sexism Scale, for professional use especially by qualified professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Modern Sexism Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The Modern Sexism Test is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of modern sexism. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your potential personality trait. Hence, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive personality assessment can be made only by a qualified professional.

As the publishers of this free online modern sexism test, which allows you to screen yourself for the indicators of this trait, we have striven to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting it to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present modern sexism test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This Neo-Sexism Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to the alleged denial of continued discrimination based on sex and/or gender.

2. Scholarly oriented. The feedback delivered by this instrument is based on the work of Ph.Ds and is designed to deliver a clear picture of the respondent’s current beliefs indicating modern sexism as measured according to standardized items.

3. Statistical controls. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

4. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally with psychology and individual differences research.