So there you are, a working woman updating your MCIATM (Male Colleague In A Traditional Marriage) on a project or client and the whole time he's sitting there thinking, Why are you here, lady? Why aren't you at home? Don't you have to make cupcakes for your kids or something? Oh, that's right, you don't have kids, and you're not married. Why not? Listening to your overly-aggressive ramble, I think I know why.
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Who knows if this is what the typical MCIATM is really thinking, but the study concludes that arguably narcissitic and upwardly mobile MCIATMs not only tend to view working women "unfavorably," they're also more likely to deny them promotions and to perceive their female colleagues as a giant stick in the spokes of the company. Think Mad Men, only with smart phones and traditionally-married male colleagues who will never, ever look like Jon Hamm. From the abstract:
In this article, we examine a heretofore neglected pocket of resistance to the gender revolution in the workplace: married male employees who have stay-at-home wives. We develop and empirically test the theoretical argument suggesting that such organizational members, compared to male employees in modern marriages, are more likely to exhibit attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that are harmful to women in the workplace. To assess this hypothesis, we conducted four studies with a total of 718 married, male participants. We found that employed husbands in traditional marriages, compared to those in modern marriages, tend to (a) view the presence of women in the workplace unfavorably, (b) perceive that organizations with higher numbers of female employees are operating less smoothly, (c) find organizations with female leaders as relatively unattractive, and (d) deny, more frequently, qualified female employees opportunities for promotion. The consistent pattern of results found across multiple studies employing multiple methods and samples demonstrates the robustness of the findings. We discuss the theoretical and practical import of our findings and suggest directions for future research.
A heretofore neglected pocket of resistance. I really need to use that phrase more often pretty much everywhere. Well, there you have it, there you are -- just another Peggy Olson trying to get ahead at work if only your male colleagues in traditional marriages would let you. Sigh. But don't worry, you're gonna make it after all. Wait, different show.