Masculine overcompensation thesis the thesis that men have a tendancy to act out in an exagerated male role when they believe their masculinity is threatened. The american sociological association, founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to serving sociologists in their work, advancing sociology as a science and profession, and promoting the contributions and use of sociology to society. Abstract we examined whether, due to men's desire to reject stereotypically feminine traits in themselves, a masculinity threat would elicit negative affect toward effeminate, but not masculine gay men. Robb willer, et al overdoing gender: a test of the masculine overcompensation thesis, american journal of sociology , vol 118, no 4 (2013), pp 980-1022 week 5 (february 13-15) individual destiny and social forces.
Masculine overcompensation thesis the thesis that men have a tendency to act out in an exaggerated male role when believing their masculinity to be threatened what do structural functionalists argue. The paper includes four studies examining the theory of male overcompensation - that men react to the undermining of their masculine status with bold demonstrations of strength and masculinity. The masculine overcompensation thesis asserts that men react to having their masculinity questioned with extreme demonstrations of masculinity it is comprised of two types of theories: 1) the masculinity theory , which argues that masculinity is both more narrowly defined (making masculinity more easily threatened) and socially valued (making.
Masculine overcompensation asserts that males react to masculine insecurity with exaggerated demonstrations of masculinity the predictions for this study follow the argument that rural males, because masculinity is a more important feature of their identities, will overcompensate more when their masculinity is threatened. Men who think they're falling short of traditional gender norms are more likely to engage in stereotypically masculine a test of the masculine overcompensation thesis usa today connect. The masculine overcompensation thesis asserts that men react to masculine insecurity by enacting extreme demonstrations of their masculinity men's pursuit of masculinity in the face of threats is driven by desires to recover masculine status both in their own and others' eyes.
The idea of masculine overcompensation—in which men react to threats to their manhood by enacting an extreme form of masculinity (willer 2005)—also helps explain why men may harass women in power. The masculine overcompensation thesis has its roots infreudian psychology, but it has become a popularly accepted idea that ifelt should be empirically tested and evaluated, willer said.
To find out, robb willer, a graduate student in sociology at cornell university, gave gender identity surveys to men and women, then randomly told them that their responses were either masculine or feminine. Published in the february 2014 issue a few years ago, a team of researchers led by a professor from uc berkeley set out to test what they called the masculine overcompensation thesis, the theory.
The members of cornell university's laboratory experimental group, the members of the university of chicago's social theory and evidence workshop, and the members of the haas school of business obir seminar for contributions to earlier versions of this paper 1 overdoing gender: a test of the masculine overcompensation thesis the masculine. Robb willer is a professor in the departments of sociology, psychology (by courtesy), and the graduate school of business (by courtesy) at stanford university he received his phd and ma in sociology from cornell university and his ba in sociology from the university of iowa. The masculine overcompensation thesis has its roots in freudian psychology, but it has become a popularly accepted idea that i felt should be empirically tested and evaluated, willer said. The masculine overcompensation thesis asserts that men who feel insecure about their masculinity enact extreme masculine behaviors in an effort to achieve masculine status in their eyes and others.
Support the masculine overcompensation thesis, suggest it may play a role in macrosocial patterns of political and cultural attitudes, and identify a hormonal factor influencing the effect. Title: 401424 9801022 created date: 4/3/2013 6:35:46 am. The masculine overcompensation thesis asserts that men react to masculinity threats with extreme demonstrations of masculinity, a proposition tested here across four studies.