Chapter 2 - Cultural Representations of Gender 6/7/11 Click...

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6/7/11 Gender Stereotypes Gender—social and cultural aspects of being male or female Gender Stereotypes l Widely shared beliefs about attributes of males and females l Positive or Negative—BOTH CAN BE BAD
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6/7/11 Gender Stereotypes Play a major role in the ways in which people l Interact with others What are some way? l Structure their own behavior What are some ways?
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6/7/11 Gender stereotypes Men Agency : a concern for accomplishing tasks; goal oriented, assertive; strong in physical strength Associated Traits l Independent Women Communion : a concern for others, for relationships; affectionate, caring, warm, loving, and cooperative; weak in physical strength
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6/7/11 Ex: Mate Preferences College students thought IDEAL man and woman were androgynous . Ideal woman: high in communal and agentic traits l Ideal man: Highest in agentic traits, but also high in communal Another study: rate average man, average woman in 1950 – 1975 – 2025 – 2050 l Males will become somewhat more communal, females will become much more agentic.
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6/7/11 Is it more acceptable for women to take on agentic traits than for men to take on communal traits? Agentic traits more valued If a woman becomes more like a man, she gains status (or does she?) If a man becomes more like a woman, he loses status (or Gender Stereotypes
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6/7/11 Why do we associate communion with women and Social role theory: Women more involved in domestic role (requires communal traits) and men more involved in employment role (requires agentic traits) l Our stereotypes that women are more communal than men haven’t changed that much in 30 years. But what has changed is our views of women’s agency – perhaps because many more women are working than they were 30 years ago
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Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/7/11 Gender Stereotypes and Intersecting Identities
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Gender Stereotypes and Age Women in middle and old-age: referred to as ageism (stereotypes and biases against persons based upon their age). l
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This note was uploaded on 06/07/2011 for the course PSYC 310 taught by Professor Avery during the Summer '11 term at South Carolina.

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Chapter 2 - Cultural Representations of Gender 6/7/11 Click...

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