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ERIC Number: ED167899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Pages: 21
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Reference Count: 0
Sex Roles as an Androcentric Vision.
Rosenthal, Naomi
The notion that women internalize personality characteristics that render them psychologically, socially and intellectually crippled is a denial of experience. The study of sex roles cuts across several disciplines, as well as being the major focus of women's liberation, thus creating the possibility for reappraisal of the field and its assumptions. Two positions have been taken about the bases of sex roles. One view, taken by the school of sociobiology, asserts that males are superior as social animals. The second, taken by environmentalists, states that sex differences are the result of societal intervention. Further studies implicitly accept the polarized model of male/female development. Analysis of the research shows that the basic assumptions of the field actually create rather than explain reality. The literature on sex roles assumes that women really do have stereotypical personality traits which result in inferiority. Acceptance of the assumptions constitutes a denial of the real and constant forces which make it difficult if not impossible for women and most men to achieve, to be independent, to be socially mobile, and to develop intellectually regardless of their psychological states. (BN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the American Sociological Meetings (September, 1978)