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A day after distancing himself from hostile chant, Trump criticizes media for its coverage of his rally

Washington Post - 24 min 14 sec ago
In morning tweets, the president said reporters should be more focused on the “vile and disgusting” statements by minority congresswomen he had repeatedly attacked.

Instagram Is Hiding Likes. Will That Reduce Anxiety?

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In six countries, the company is trying out hiding the number of likes that a post receives. The goal is to reduce pressure on people.

Kyoto animation arson suspect told police his work had been plagiarized

CNN - 29 min 17 sec ago
The suspect at the center of Japan's worst mass killing in almost 20 years told police that his work was plagiarized and that he used gasoline to torch the renowned Kyoto Animation studio, killing 33 people.

Years Before Black Lives Matter, 41 Shots Killed Him

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The mother of Amadou Diallo became an activist after his death in New York. The Eric Garner case brings painful reminders.

UK lawmakers threaten to drag Queen Elizabeth into Brexit chaos

CNN - 35 min 32 sec ago
Senior members of the United Kingdom's ruling Conservative party are so concerned about the country leaving the European Union without a deal that they are planning to go over the new Prime Minister's head and appeal directly to the Queen.

Exercise in space keeps astronauts from fainting when they return to Earth, study says

CNN - 43 min 47 sec ago
The lack of gravity astronauts encounter during spaceflight makes returning to the force of Earth's gravity a little disorienting. And when they return to Earth, they faint.

Stores like Dollar General are everywhere. That's a problem for poor Americans

CNN - 44 min 56 sec ago
As dollar stores sweep across America, they are facing growing scrutiny from opponents who argue that discount chains stifle local competition and limit poor communities' access to healthy food.

Beyoncé's 'The Lion King: The Gift' album is just that to the Hive

CNN - 55 min 7 sec ago
You know you are a force when you can drop a movie album separate from the soundtrack.

GM unveils a radically new Corvette

CNN - 55 min 10 sec ago
General Motors has unveiled the eighth generation of the Chevrolet Corvette. The model is, arguably, the biggest change for the Corvette since the sports car was first introduced in 1953.

Here's a first look at 'Top Gun: Maverick'

CNN - 1 hour 3 min ago
Paramount Pictures just released the trailer for "Top Gun: Maverick." The reboot of the 1986 classic will once again star Tom Cruise.

More Americans now see women as smarter

Futurity.org - 1 hour 3 min ago

Americans no longer regard women as less competent than men on average, according to a nationally representative study of gender stereotypes in the United States.

Less positive, however, is that women’s gains in perceived competence have not propelled them to the top of hierarchies.

The new analysis investigates how gender stereotypes in the US have evolved over seven decades (1946-2018), a span of time that brought considerable change in gender relations due in large part to women’s increased participation in the labor force and education. Women now earn more bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees than men, unlike decades ago.

The study, which appears in the journal American Psychologist, analyzes 16 nationally representative opinion polls conducted in the United States with more than 30,000 adult respondents. These polls asked respondents to compare women’s and men’s competence (e.g., intelligent, organized, creative), communion (e.g., affectionate, compassionate, emotional), and agency (e.g., ambitious, aggressive, decisive).

Most adults now report that women and men are equal in general competence. But among those who see a difference, most see women as more competent than men.

For instance, in the most recent poll, conducted in April 2018, most respondents (86 percent) says that men and women are equally intelligent. However, 9 percent says that women are more intelligent, compared to a smaller percentage (5 percent) who says that men are more intelligent.

Changing gender stereotypes

Lead author Alice Eagly, a professor of psychology and a faculty fellow with the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, also says that the study’s findings about communion and agency are surprising.

“The perceptions of women as communal and men as agentic have not eroded since the 1940s, contrary to conventional wisdom about convergence in gender roles,” Eagly says. “Rather, communal stereotypes have changed but increasingly towards portraying women as more compassionate, affectionate, and sensitive than men. Men are still viewed as more ambitious, aggressive, and decisive than women, and that agency stereotype has not substantially changed since the 1940s.”

The researchers note that different groups of respondents—men, women, racial subgroups—generally agree about these stereotypes. For instance, respondents in recent US samples ascribed competence more often to women than men, regardless of the respondent’s sex, race, ethnicity, college education, marital status, employment status, or birth cohort.

Good news, bad news

Eagly’s interpretation of these findings is that women’s increasing labor force participation and education likely underlie the increase in their perceived competence, but that occupational segregation underlies the other findings.

“Specifically, women are concentrated in occupations that reward social skills or offer contribution to society,” she says. “People observe the social roles of women and men and infer the traits that make up gender stereotypes. In general, stereotypes reflect the social position of groups in society and, therefore, change only when this social position shifts. That’s why gender stereotypes have changed.”

“The current stereotypes should favor women’s employment, because competence is, of course, a job requirement for virtually all positions,” Eagly says. “Also, jobs increasingly reward social skills, making women’s greater communion an additional advantage.”

But the findings are not all positive for women, she adds. “Most leadership roles require more agency than communion and the lesser ambition, aggressiveness, and decisiveness ascribed to women than men are a disadvantage in relation to leadership.”

The researchers’ findings about change over time are novel, Eagly says. “There are many studies on gender stereotypes, but no others have investigated change in these stereotypes over many decades using representative samples.”

Additional coauthors are from the University of Bern and the American Institutes for Research.

Source: Northwestern University

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