The Black Scholar Series – Dr. Sa-kiera “Kiera” Hudson (Main Lecture)
The Divergence Between Descriptive and Normative Expectations for Gay Men and Lesbian Women
April 16, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM America/Chicago
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Previous research has shown people hold an implicit gender inversion assumption regarding descriptive stereotypes of gay men and lesbian women. More specifically, people believe that the hobbies and preferences of gay men are similar to straight women while lesbian women are similar to straight men. However, what is not well understood is whether gender inversion assumptions also underlie normative perceptions of what gay men and lesbian women should do and be. Across several studies we show a divergence between descriptive and prescriptive stereotypes, as gender inversion does not adequately explain what traits people believed were desired of gay men and lesbian women. The data suggest that individuals do not generally differentiate gay men and lesbian women based on gender the same way gender is used to differentiate straight men and women. Instead, gay men and lesbian women are assumed to exhibit low status, and incompetent, traits and abilities in gendered domains.
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