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Masculinity, Femininity, and American Political Behavior$
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Monika L McDermott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190462802

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190462802.001.0001

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The Androgynous, Undifferentiated, Masculine, and Feminine

The Androgynous, Undifferentiated, Masculine, and Feminine

A Categorical Analysis of Gendered Personality Effects

(p.111) Chapter 5 The Androgynous, Undifferentiated, Masculine, and Feminine
Masculinity, Femininity, and American Political Behavior

Monika L. McDermott

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the popular psychological concept of androgyny—high levels of both feminine and masculine traits—and whether and how androgynous individuals fit into this book’s theory of gendered personalities and politics. Based on discrete categories of androgyny, the undifferentiated (low levels of both sets of traits), feminine, and masculine, the chapter’s analyses find few effects. On political engagement and party identification the androgynous and undifferentiated appear to be cross-pressured by their masculine and feminine personalities and are, as a result, moderate on both fronts. There are, however, effects on levels of partisan strength. While both the androgynous and the undifferentiated are divided between the parties, the androgynous are internally polarized, with strong partisans on both sides, while the undifferentiated are relatively uniformly distributed.

Keywords:   androgyny, androgynous, undifferentiated, masculine, feminine, polarization, partisanship, party identification, political engagement

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