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Women’s ideals for masculinity across social contexts: patriarchal agentic masculinity is valued in work, family, and romance but communal masculinity in friendship

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dc.contributor.author Quayle, Michael
dc.contributor.author Lindegger, Graham
dc.contributor.author Brittain, Kirsty
dc.contributor.author Nabee, Neesa
dc.contributor.author Cole, Charlene
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-24T08:42:37Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6775
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The present study explores women’s ideals for masculinity in different social contexts (work, family/romance, and friendship) and compares how traditional (agentic) and non-patriarchal (communal) masculinity are valued in each context. Survey data were collected from one international (N = 159) and three South African samples (Ns = 86, 100, 161) of women. Results show that although women value patriarchal ideals for masculinity, agentic and communal versions of masculinity are valued differently across contexts. Specifically, traditional agentic versions of masculinity were most valued in the contexts most important to the long-term production of viable identity (family/romance and work). It was only in friendship that non-patriarchal communal masculinity was consistently idealized over traditional agentic masculinity. The results are discussed in relation to hegemonic masculinity (HM) and system justification theory (SJT). Congruent with SJT, women idealized versions of masculinity that may not be in their own or their group’s best interests, but in line with HM, the results emphasized the fluidity of masculinity and that the same individual can simultaneously idealize different versions of masculinity depending on the context. Because stereotypes are both explanations for the status quo and warrants for behaving in one way or another, these collective ideals for masculinity and contextual boundaries may be important obstacles to achieving gender equity. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sex Roles;78 (1-2), pp. 52-66
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1007/s11199-017-0772-9
dc.rights The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com en_US
dc.subject masculinity en_US
dc.subject gender identity en_US
dc.subject romance en_US
dc.subject family en_US
dc.subject professional identity en_US
dc.subject friendship en_US
dc.subject sex role attitudes en_US
dc.title Women’s ideals for masculinity across social contexts: patriarchal agentic masculinity is valued in work, family, and romance but communal masculinity in friendship en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11199-017-0772-9
dc.contributor.sponsor South African National Research Foundation en_US
dc.relation.projectid TTK1206141295 en_US
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2018-05-06
dc.embargo.terms 2018-05-06 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2736014


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