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STUDY: Daddy treating daughter like a "Princess" is sexism

MILWAUKEE (WZTV) -- A new study by professors from Marquette University says dads who provide economic support to their daughters because they are their "special little princess" are actually being sexist.

The study surveyed 86 freshman females and their parents. Data showed when the girls were asked to assess their own personal appearance (weight, sexual attractiveness, etc), women who held themselves to a higher esteem had parents who made the girl feel special. Acts such as holding doors open or encouraging makeup use were considered more of a hindrance than help because females couldn't have high self-esteem or take care of themselves without special treatment.

Professor Debra Oswald says "The way you can separate benevolent sexism from polite behavior is if the person doesn't single out only women as the recipients of their polite actions, but does it equally for both sexes. Sexism has evolved into a system where women are rewarded for engaging in the traditional feminine role and punished women who engage in nontraditional roles that may challenge the traditional gender relations and power balance."

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