AUSTRALIA has the highest rate of sexist attitudes in the world, according to a new study.
The study found women are more likely to rate negative traits as ‘masculine’, whereas men are more inclined to rate positive traits as masculine.
But the researchers found the gender gap was narrowing over time.
They said the research also showed women’s attitudes towards masculinity were changing.
Dr Pomeranz said women were now more likely than men to rate ‘maschism’ as ‘a negative trait’. “
We’ve also found that men have changed their attitude towards masculinity over time.”
Dr Pomeranz said women were now more likely than men to rate ‘maschism’ as ‘a negative trait’.
She said while men and girls may differ in their attitudes to masculinity, they were still ‘inherently the same’.
“It’s quite amazing to me that a little girl would be so offended by this word,” Dr Pomeria said.
Women have different ideas of what constitutes ‘masochism’ and ‘masemax’, Dr Pominanz said.
But she said the findings did not mean all women were sexist.
“There are certainly some women who do not take the word as a compliment, or who do see it as a negative word,” she said.
Dr Pomsari said the gender difference in attitudes towards masculine and feminine traits was due to socialisation.
“Men are taught that men are superior and that women are inferior,” she explained.
“So women may think, ‘Oh, maybe men are inferior.
But maybe they are just less masculine.'”
Dr Pomes said the study was a good reminder of how much gender inequality still exists in Australia.
“I think there is still a lot of prejudice against men and masculinity,” she added.
Dr Paul Haines, a lecturer in sociology at the University, said the survey could help to change the way people thought about gender.
He said it was “good to see that some men and some women are accepting of the gender inequality.”
Dr Hainess said while the study had not revealed the full extent of gender inequality in Australia, it showed that it was far from being as black and white as many thought.
“The findings are not new and there are other studies that have found it to be true,” he said.
He suggested the focus should be on improving the education systems, which may be a key to addressing gender inequality.
Dr Hains said the attitudes of both men and woman had changed over time and could provide clues to why.
“People may be more accepting of gender equality but there is no one-size-fits-all, and the attitudes and behaviours of different groups are different,” he explained.
He added that while gender inequality may not be as prevalent in Australia as people believed, it was still important to address.
“It is important that we acknowledge the role of women in society, and not just to ignore them, but to actively try to change attitudes towards women,” he added.