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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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Gendered Personality Conformity and Attitudes toward Sex Roles

Gendered Personality Conformity and Attitudes toward Sex Roles

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(p.132) Chapter 6 Gendered Personality Conformity and Attitudes toward Sex Roles
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Masculinity, Femininity, and American Political Behavior
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Monika L. McDermott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190462802.003.0006

The book’s final chapter looks into how sex and gender conformity influence individuals’ attitudes toward sex roles in politics and society. The hypothesis is that individuals who are gender-conforming, meaning they have the gendered personality profile traditionally thought appropriate for their sex—feminine women and masculine men—are more likely to expect others to conform to traditional sex roles. The analysis shows that, as hypothesized, the more masculine a man and the more feminine a woman, the more likely they are to believe that women are better suited for taking care of the home and children while men are better suited for politics. This chapter also includes a brief categorical analysis demonstrating that androgynous individuals are the most accepting of nonconforming sex roles.

Keywords:   gender, political attitudes, personality, masculinity, femininity, androgyny, undifferentiated, sex roles, sex role beliefs

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