“I like cooking and yoga.” When stereotypical expectancies influence the inferences about men’s suitability for a secretary job

Abstract : In 2011, Reinhard and colleagues showed that a woman’s personal “strengths” and “weaknesses”, linked to gender stereotypes, affect students’ estimations of her suitability to a job. In the present study, in a very much lighter and minimal design, we hypothesize that a similar result would be noticed in the case of a male target presented as stereotypically masculine vs feminine, and postulating to a stereotypically feminine job. In line with Heilman’s lack-of-fit model (1983), our results replicate those of Reinhard et al. (2011). Results are discussed in terms of stereotypic influence of gender on hiring, and show that, as women, men may be, in some circumstances, victims of discrimination in recruitment.
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Alicia Le Gall, Pascal Morchain. “I like cooking and yoga.” When stereotypical expectancies influence the inferences about men’s suitability for a secretary job. Psihologia Socială, EDITURA POLIROM S.A, 2016, 38 (II), pp.45-56. ⟨hal-01782480⟩

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