A person perception study explored undergraduates' assessments of fairness and entitlement when a woman, a man, and a gender-indeterminate person overcontributed domestic work. Ninety women and 90 men evaluated 1 of 4 vignettes in which 1 member of a dual-employed, married couple reported doing 2/3 of the weekly household chores. More subtle indices revealed that men were viewed as more entitled to undercontribute than women. In stereotypic contexts where women overcontributed, undercontributing men were more acceptable to raters holding sexist attitudes. Student raters were more likely to detect unfairness with a tabular presentation than with a more ambiguous verbal description. These findings suggest that perceptions of fairness depend on presentational format, the attitudes of perceivers, and how the gender of an undercontributor (stereotypically and realistically a man) fits within its context (the stereotypically feminine domestic sphere).
Sex Roles – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 13, 2004
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