This study makes the claim that so-called “benevolent sexists” (BS) are happier.
What this means is that what we Mormons would see as “traditional family roles,” ie men work and are responsible for making money, women take care of the kids and home, actually makes people happier.
To quote from the description of the study:
For men, BS was directly associated with life satisfaction. For women, the palliative effect of BS was indirect and occurred because BS-ideology positioning women as deserving of men’s adoration and protection was linked to general perceptions of gender relations as fair and equitable, which in turn predicted greater levels of life satisfaction.
To translate this: men like traditional family roles, and so do women. Women acknowledge that traditional family roles often put them in a seemingly inferior position but in exchange they get more attention and protection from the man, and they like that.
Quick note: the paper distinguishes between hostile sexism (HS) and benevolent sexism (BS). Basically, hostile sexism is being a sexist jerk toward women. Benevolent sexism is still sexist because it maintains the basic structure of patriarchal society. To sum up, a lot of Mormons engage in BS, according to the current paradigm. If you want to read more about HS and BS, you can visit this site: