Traditional Attitudes Alive and Well in Battle of Sexes

By Harper, Jennifer | Insight on the News, April 2, 2001 | Go to article overview
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Traditional Attitudes Alive and Well in Battle of Sexes


Harper, Jennifer, Insight on the News


America: the land of the free, home of the brave and bastion of he-men and girlie girls. Could it be? The Gallup Organization seems to think so. "Gender-specific stereotypes persist," the Princeton, N.J., polling giant recently proclaimed, hinting that some traditional attitudes are alive and well.

According to a new survey, Americans believe women are more emotional, affectionate, talkative, patient and creative than men. Men, on the other hand, are more aggressive, courageous, ambitious and easygoing than women.

Poll respondents did not do much soul-searching, apparently. "Americans have little difficulty associating specific personality characteristics with one gender or the other, despite some social pressures in today's society to view men and women equally," notes Frank Newport of Gallup. "Those who volunteered that there was no difference between the genders were in the minority in all cases."

Those are fighting words among those who cite sex bias and sex stereotyping as the root of many cultural and societal ills.

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