Perceptions of same- versus cross-sex-typed physical stance

Sheila Fling1, Maria M. Prieto1, Shirley M. Rosenwasser1
1Southwest Texas State University, United States
Cite this article:  Fling, S., Prieto, M. M., & Rosenwasser, S. M. (1986). Perceptions of same- versus cross-sex-typed physical stance. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 14(2), 183-192.

Volume 14 Issue 2 | e498 | Published: August 1986 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1986.14.2.183

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Seventy-five undergraduates performed semantic differential ratings on 1 of 4 pictures: a male or female in a “masculine” or “feminine” stance as described by Wex (1979). The masculine stance was perceived as (1) more masculine as well as (2) more potent, active, happy, and well-adjusted than the feminine stance. (3) The cross-sex-typed stance was seen as less heterosexual than the same-sex typed one. (4) Interactions on masculinity, potency, activity, happiness, adjustment, and successfulness indicated that the cross-sex-typed male tended to be rated less favorably but the cross-sex-typed female more favorably than their same-sex-typed counterparts. A bias against "masculine" personality traits in females (Broverman et al., 1972) thus did not hold true for physical stance.


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