Scientists say: being a feminist is good for every woman
We all live in a captivity of stereotypes: girls should wear dresses, boys can not cry , a woman must be economic , a man must provide a family – and so on, and so on. At the same time, studies show that negative stereotypes can cause more serious harm than all of us think.
For example, if you tell schoolgirls that boys are usually better at math, then they almost instantly begin to get worse with mathematical tests. There is also scientific evidence that stereotypes similarly affect the success of people who identify themselves as ethnic minorities.
But here’s the good news: feminism will help all of us (or at least women). A new study on the topic showed that women who identify themselves as feminists are more resistant to the consequences of negative stereotypes, even if they do not manage to ignore them.
According to Jolien van Breen of Exeter University, despite the fact that in the developed countries there are fewer harmful stereotypes in the workplace, they do not disappear. What happens is that stereotypes become thinner and, as a consequence, less noticeable. And this, the expert notes, can be a very, very insidious phenomenon, since it is more difficult to resist such stereotypes.
During the study, the results of which were published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, women volunteers, about half of whom called themselves feminists, participated in a number of experiments. Researchers focused on mathematical tests , where men are traditionally considered more capable.
To subconsciously remind participants about gender stereotypes, before the tests, women were asked to evaluate a number of pictures that more or less illustrated gender inequality. As a result, van Breen and her team noted that feminists even coped better with the tests even after the stereotyped images and spent less time on them than women who did not identify themselves with feminism.
The authors of the study note that the results in no way indicate that feminists hate men as a reality. “This is the impact of stereotypes that set them more severely in relation to men,” says Jolian van Breen.
“The results show that feminists are more acutely aware of gender stereotypes, even when they are presented subliminally (below the perception boundary) and automatically respond to them. These women are more sensitive to gender remarks, but it is this sensitivity that allows them to withstand the harmful effects of stereotypes, “they write.