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Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour

The article “Sexism is a loser’s game” presents an analysis of the way men overcompensate for their threatened masculinity and uses peer-reviewed articles to support its argument. The article cites Cheryan, Cameron, Katagiri & Monin (2015) and suggests that men with threatened masculinity express a lower preference for feminine products and claim more stereotypically male attributes such as aggressiveness, height and others. The articles also quote how threatened males tend to make mean-spirited comments toward female players, however, the findings are biased as there is no control group to access whether such behaviour is a norm or only happens with females. But the article never addressed the same and simply mentioned the findings. Moreover, the article also refers to Kasumovic & Kuznekoff (2015) and mentions the hostility of males in regards to status and performance. Here, the article only mentions one aspect of the relationship between gender as reported in the research and claims that threatened males are hostile towards women, but neglects the other aspect mentioned in the study, which states that highly skilled players have positive attitudes towards females. The same biasness can be perceived when the article mentions the study of Netchaeva et al. (2015) and mentions that males are threatened with women in superior roles, but excludes the findings which claim that such hostility is also directed by the attitude of women. Thus, the article is one dimensional and lack critical analysis of every aspect of the phenomenon under study. Also, even though the articles use peer-reviewed articles to support its argument it only mentions certain findings and neglect others which do not conform to the initial assumptions and opinions of the author. 

References for Insights into Sexism

Cheryan S, Monin B, Cameron J, et al. Manning Up: Threatened Men Compensate by Disavowing Feminine Preferences and Embracing Masculine Attributes. Social Psychology. 2015.

Kasumovic M, Kuznekoff J. Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour. PLOS One. 2015. 

Netchaeva E, Kouchaki M, Sheppard L. D., et al. A Man's (Precarious) Place: Men's Experienced Threat and Self-Assertive Reactions to Female Superiors. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 2015.

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