ERIC Number: ED196081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
With Regard to Speakers, High Masculinity and High Femininity Is Not Androgyny.
Wong-McCarthy, William J.; And Others
Results from a previous experiment relating sex role typing to verbal nonassertiveness are reviewed in this paper in light of other findings in the sex role literature. The first conclusion offered by the review suggests that, with respect to speech behavior, the expected correspondence between androgynous behavior and sex role typing requires considerable qualification. It is argued that feminine and androgynous sex role typed individuals respond in qualitatively different ways to social cues in a conversational situation: feminine typed subjects respond primarily to overall social cues residing in the situation whereas androgynous typed subjects respond primarily to the social characteristics of the interlocutor. The second conclusion offered by the review suggests that previous demonstrations of the correspondence between androgynous sex role typing and behavioral flexibility are artifactual. Evidence is presented for accepting the possibility that the current definition of androgyny as a combination of high masculinity and high femininity is more a measure of an individual's general activity level than of an individual's sex role orientation. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (30th, Acapulco, Mexico, May 18-23, 1980).