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  • 1. Masculinity or Femininity? A Look at Gender Perception Siham Al-Tamimi August 17, 2009
  • 2. Background
    • The Bem Sex Role (BSRI) is the leading instrument used for investigating gender role orientation (Mercer, Durham 1999).
    • The words chosen for the BSRI were chosen by 100 undergrad students at Stanford University.
    • The BSRI can be measured in two different ways.
      • Median-split technique
      • Hybrid Method
  • 3. Hypothesis
    • Most females will say that they are feminine and most males will say that they are masculine, but when they are tested for masculinity and femininity by using the short form of the BSRI, males and females get results that follow no gender pattern.
  • 4. Methods/Procedures
    • A correlational study was conducted by handing out 25 surveys to people ranging in age from 14-70.
      • One survey was discarded because of insufficient data
    • There were nine males and fifteen females
    • Twelve females claimed to be feminine, and three claimed to be androgynous
    • Five males claimed to be masculine, while four claimed to be androgynous.
  • 5. Results
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  • 8. Conclusion
    • Thesis supported for:
      • Most females would say they were feminine
    • Thesis not supported nor refuted for:
      • Most males would say they were masculine
      • Results of the BSRI are not controlled by gender.
  • 9. References
    • Hoffman, R., & Borders, L. (2001, April). “Twenty-Five Years After the Bem Sex-Role Inventory: A Reassessment and New Issues Regarding Classification Variability.” Measurement & Evaluation in Counseling & Development, 34(1), 39. Retrieved August 11, 2009, from Academic Search Complete database.
    • Kimmel, Michael. 2008. The Gendered Society, Third Edition. New York, New York. Oxford.
    • Mercer, C., & Durham, T. (1999, March). Religious Mysticism and Gender Orientation. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 38(1), 175-182. Retrieved August 11, 2009, from Academic Search Complete database.