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Fear of a Female President

September 12, 2016

Today’s link is a fascinating look at the reactions provoked when people other than those traditionally associated with leadership positions (white heterosexual cisgendered males) aspire to gain power in our culture.

“Given the anxieties that powerful women provoke, it’s not surprising that both men and women judge them more harshly than they judge powerful men. A 2010 study by Victoria L. Brescoll and Tyler G. Okimoto found that people’s views of a fictional male state senator did not change when they were told he was ambitious. When told that a fictional female state senator was ambitious, however, men and women alike ‘experienced feelings of moral outrage,’ such as contempt, anger, and disgust.”

Read “Fear of a Female President” on the The Atlantic website.

 

posted by Marg Herder

 

 

 

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