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Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2019

Department

Psychology

Abstract

The primary goal of our research was to determine if there was a correlation between a person’s self-esteem in relation to the gender group that they belong to and how they perceive certain objects in terms of whether they are masculine, feminine, or gender neutral. Participants first completed a demographic survey. Participants were exposed to 30 pictorial items and simultaneously filled out a Gender Stereotyped Objects Rating scale. Lastly, participants rated a Gender Specific Self-Esteem Scale regarding how they perceived themselves in relation to their gender stereotyped groups. We analyzed our participant’s gender specific self-esteem and how they rated certain everyday objects. We expected to find that those with a high gender specific self-esteem would be more likely to rate objects the way that they are perceived by society, and those with a low gender specific self-esteem would be more likely to see all, or most, objects as gender neutral. Those who based their identity on their gender were more likely to conform to the societal standards of gender norms, while those who did not base their identity on gender were less likely to conform to gender norms.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Virginia Cylke

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The Gendering of Inanimate Objects: The Effect of Gender-Stereotyped Objects on Gender Specific Self-Esteem

The primary goal of our research was to determine if there was a correlation between a person’s self-esteem in relation to the gender group that they belong to and how they perceive certain objects in terms of whether they are masculine, feminine, or gender neutral. Participants first completed a demographic survey. Participants were exposed to 30 pictorial items and simultaneously filled out a Gender Stereotyped Objects Rating scale. Lastly, participants rated a Gender Specific Self-Esteem Scale regarding how they perceived themselves in relation to their gender stereotyped groups. We analyzed our participant’s gender specific self-esteem and how they rated certain everyday objects. We expected to find that those with a high gender specific self-esteem would be more likely to rate objects the way that they are perceived by society, and those with a low gender specific self-esteem would be more likely to see all, or most, objects as gender neutral. Those who based their identity on their gender were more likely to conform to the societal standards of gender norms, while those who did not base their identity on gender were less likely to conform to gender norms.