Psychology Department

PSY Speaker ~ Sexual Orientation and Race Substantially Alter the Prescriptive Nature of Gender Stereotypes

PSY Speaker - Hudson
January 28, 2021 1:10 PM–2:25 PM

The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome

Sa-kiera Hudson, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University

for a public lecture entitled

Sexual Orientation and Race Substantially Alter the Prescriptive Nature of Gender Stereotypes

Thursday, January 28, 2021

1:10 - 2:25 pm via Zoom (ID: 832 634 7213)

Gender stereotypes persist in society. Many of these stereotypes are prescriptive, indicating how men and women should behave in social situations. Research on the nature and impact of such prescriptive gender stereotypes usually use generic labels like “men” and “women” and implicitly assume these labels activate general representations concepts that can be easily applied to all members within those categories. However, prototypicality biases like heterocentrism and Eurocentrism makes it more likely that the prescriptive stereotypes of “men” and “women” are normative stereotypes specifically of straight and White people (in an American context). Thus, there is an open question as to whether current understandings of prescriptive gender norms apply to sexual and ethnic minorities. Across two studies (total N = 1074), we assessed gender prescriptive stereotypes for men and women of different sexual orientations (Study 1) and races (Study 2). Results show evidence of heterocentrism but not Eurocentrism, as prescriptive stereotypes of men and women most closely aligned with those of straight men and women. Furthermore, observed gender differences in prescriptive stereotypes were smaller or non-existent for sexual and ethnic minority targets compared to straight and White targets, suggesting that theories around the dyadic, synergic nature of gender stereotypes between men and women might be restricted to straight and White men and women.


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