Gender differences associated with viewing,modeling and talking about a particular televisionwrestling series (WWF) were studied inelementary-schools in Israel. Discussion is based on ananalysis of 901 completed questionnaires and 254 personalinterviews with Jewish children of varioussocio-economical backgrounds and geographical locations.Survey and interview evidence suggested that themajority of the girls were less interested in viewingWWF than boys, and hardly ever joined in the fights atschool. For most girls, opposing WWF served to reinforcetheir gender identity and to separate them from the world of violence and force. For othergirls, WWF provided an opportunity to explore themasculine body and occasionally to safely explore malenorms of behavior. As a whole, girls in this studyappreciated violence less and were much more critical of itthan boys.
Sex Roles – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 6, 2004
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