A recent study published in the journal, Sex Roles, has indicated that the idea of “cat calling” or unnecessary sexist commentary is not only considered harassment but also damages the image of men in the eyes of many women.
Conducted at the University of Connecticut by Stephanie Chaudoir and Diane Quinn, the research involved 114 undergraduate females whose feeling and reactions were examined when they saw and heard men making derogatory remarks to other women in a video presentation. They were asked to first consider themselves bystanders as they watched men make sexist remarks to women and then to rate their anxiety and anger levels.
The study revealed that women were often insulted by the comments men made and were motivated to direct that anger against men in general.
According to one researcher:
“Women …suffer direct negative consequences as targets of prejudice and, as the current work demonstrates, indirect consequences as bystanders. But sexism also harms men as well. Whenever a single man’s prejudiced actions are attributed to his gender identity, male perpetrators impact how women view and react to men generally.”
One can only wonder about the far-reaching complications of this study. For example, as indicated in the image below, does this mean that what’s good for the goose is good for the…cat?
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