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Subject/Keyword
Masculinity
Homophobia
Shadow
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Zalkind, Benjamin S.
Supervisor and department
Schimel, Jeff (Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Buck, George (Educational Psychology)
Nicoladis, Elena (Psychology)
Noels, Kimberly (Psychology)
Department
Department of Psychology
Specialization

Date accepted
2013-08-27T10:45:26Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
A large body of literature suggests that masculinity is a fragile construct. Unlike femininity, which has continued to evolve, modern notions of heteronormative masculinity remain ossified and defined mainly by their opposition to that which is not masculine. Research has shown that challenges to heterosexual men’s masculinity are perceived as accusations of femininity and thereby implicit homosexuality. This study explored whether masculinity threats might tap into this deep-seated fear of being seen as unmasculine by giving men false evaluations on their performance of a prewritten speech and then asking them to evaluate a crime committed against the gay community. We predicted that those men who were given a masculinity threat in their evaluations would be more punitive toward the gay community than those who were given a positive evaluation or a negative evaluation. Results indicated trends in this direction, but yielded no statistically significant findings.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3SQ4R
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