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Gender differences in self-evaluations of information about current affairs

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Abstract

This study examines how gender is related to self-evaluations of information to discuss current social and political issues. The sample is one of predominantly white (96%) college graduates. Using alumni samples, we look at how members of four classes that span 20 years evaluate their knowledge to hold conversations on a variety of public affairs issues ranging from the Strategic Defense Initiative to government funding of abortion. We find gender differences, with men perceiving themselves more knowledgeable in conversations and women less so. We raise the possibility that they are “doing gender.” The implications of these findings are explored.

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Slevin, K.F., Aday, D.P. Gender differences in self-evaluations of information about current affairs. Sex Roles 29, 817–828 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00289220

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Keywords

  • Gender Difference
  • Social Psychology
  • College Graduate
  • Government Funding
  • Political Issue