She swings, she hits, she's great, she's benched: Implications of gender-based shifting standards for judgment and behavior

Monica Biernat, Theresa K. Vescio

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Abstract

The implications of the shifting standards model for understanding behavior toward stereotyped groups were examined in two studies on gender and athleticism. Participants played the role of co-ed softball team managers, who made team selections, position assignments, and judgments about a series of male and female players. The data supported three hypotheses: (a) Stereotypes of male superiority as athletes lead to the use of shifting standards to judge athletic performance; (b) zero-sum behaviors (allocation of limited resources) show evidence of pro-male bias, whereas non-zero-sum behaviors (verbal and nonverbal reactions) show evidence of pro-female bias; and (c) objective judgments are somewhat better predictors of zero-sum behaviors, whereas subjective judgments are better predictors of non-zero-sum behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-77
Number of pages12
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

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