“Killing Me Softly”: American Myths that Perpetuate Subtle Prejudice

“Killing Me Softly”: American Myths that Perpetuate Subtle Prejudice Sex Roles (2011) 64:582–584 DOI 10.1007/s11199-010-9899-7 BOOK REVIEW “Killing Me Softly”: American Myths that Perpetuate Subtle Prejudice Benign Bigotry: The Psychology of Subtle Prejudice. By Kristin J. Anderson, Cambridge, UK; New York, Cambridge University Press, 2010. 354 pp. $27.99 (softcover) ISBN: 978-0-521-70259-1 Bernard E. Whitley, Jr. Published online: 7 December 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010 During the past half-century the ways in which prejudice, stereotypes, mental heuristics, and cognitive schemas in prejudice and discrimination, especially the ways in which perhaps especially anti-Black prejudice among Whites, is expressed in American culture, has changed from blatant to those factors play out in the U.S. criminal justice system. subtle, evolving from the older “hot, close, and direct” form The third chapter is entitled “Feminists are man-haters” and to become “cool, distant, and indirect” (Meertens and discusses common misperceptions of feminism and femi- Pettigrew 1997, p. 54). However, as Sidanius and Pratto nists along with gender prejudice more generally. Anderson (1999) pointed out, even subtle prejudices conflict with the organizes Chapter 4 around the myth that “Gays flaunt their American values of equality and fair treatment and so sexuality,” using the conflation of gayness with hypersex- require legitimizing myths to support their http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

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