'We discovered that the things that men were using to assert their masculinity were the very things that are used as signals of identity.' The research involved male students at Stanford University, where Cheryan received her doctorate in psychology.The students were told they were participating in research on how exertion impacts decision-making and were asked to squeeze a handheld device with each hand.Identifying the various strategies men use when their masculinity is threatened, Cheryan said, can help with understanding male behavior in real-life situations.
Societal norms dictating that men should be masculine are powerful.
A new study finds that men who believe they fall short of those ideals might reassert their masculinity in small but significant ways.
'This research shows that men are under very strong prescriptive norms to be a certain way, and they work hard to correct the image they project when their masculinity is under threat,' said co-author Benoît Monin, a professor of organizational behavior and psychology at Stanford University The findings might seem amusing, but other studies have found that men compensate for a lack of masculinity in ways that aren't as innocuous.
Men with baby faces, for example, were more likely to have assertive and hostile personalities and commit crimes than their more chiseled counterparts.
Compromise always occurs among two decision makers when a woman is involved (female pairs or mixed gender pairs) because compromise is consistent with feminine norms. Men whose image of themselves falls short of the traditional masculine gender norms, and who feel that others think this about them too, may be more prone to violence than men who feel comfortable in ...
The story of Rip Van Winkle was found among the papers of the late Diedrich Knickerbocker, an old gentleman from New York who was especially interested in the histories, customs, and culture of the Dutch settlers in that state.
Researchers marked their scores on sheets that showed bogus bell curves representing male and female results, with the female curve clearly lower than the male one.
Participants were scored either in the middle of the female or the male curve, suggesting that their grip was either weak or average.
The magazine had a feature that asked men on the street how much they could bench press and then brought them into a gym to put their statements to the test.
Most couldn't bench what they claimed they could, and that got Cheryan thinking: What would those men do, she wondered, now that their masculinity was threatened?