Posted on Aug 08, 2012 | Comments 3
Researchers at Texas A&M University conducted a study of the reactions of college-age men and women when confronted with behavior that is demeaning to women.
In one experiment, participants were given a reading assignment in which a woman was subjected to disparaging remarks. In a second experiment, participants actually observed the inappropriate behavior.
In both cases, men had very little reaction and tended to not believe they should react to the behavior. The results showed that women who read about an encounter were upset about the behavior and stated that they would object to the disparaging remarks. But when women were actually confronted with the behavior, their reactions were similar to those of men. The women tended to ignore the bad behavior or did nothing to object to it.
Among the authors of the study, published in the journal Sex Roles, are Kathi Miner, an assistant professor of psychology with a joint appointment in the women’s and gender studies program at Texas A&M and Claudia Benavides-Espinoza, assistant professor of sports management at Arkansas State University, who did her graduate work at Texas A&M.
Dr. Miner is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine. She holds a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Benavides-Espinoza is a graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Mexico. She holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University.
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