Perceptions of Gender Discrimination across Six Decades: The Moderating Roles of Gender and Age

Perceptions of Gender Discrimination across Six Decades: The Moderating Roles of Gender and Age In the current paper we examined whether women and men view gender discrimination as having changed over time, and if so: 1) how it has changed and 2) whether changes in anti-women bias are viewed as directly associated with changes in anti-men bias. Based on prior research (Norton and Sommers, 2011; Sidanius and Pratto, 1999), it was hypothesized that older men (35 years and older) compared to younger men (18–34 years of age) would hold a zero-sum view of gender discrimination trends in that older men would perceive increases in anti-men bias to accompany decreases in anti-women bias. Conversely, women, regardless of age, were expected to perceive changes in anti-women bias as unrelated to changes in anti-men bias. Results based on data from an online U.S. national sample (n = 499) supported the hypotheses for older men (n = 58), younger men (n = 160), older women (n = 96) and younger women (n = 185) and corroborated parallel past findings that the historically dominant social group (older men in this case) perceive any status gained by a socially subordinate group (women) as coming at the dominant group’s expense. Sex Roles Springer Journals

Perceptions of Gender Discrimination across Six Decades: The Moderating Roles of Gender and Age

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Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
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