Chivalry and Gender Stereotypes. T. William Altermatt, Ph.D. Hanover College. Last wireless message transmitted by the Titanic : “Have cleared boats and filled them with women and children” Reactions in the newspapers mixed Praising the heroism of the men…. …and criticizing feminism.
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T. William Altermatt, Ph.D.
Stereotypes about Women
“Positive”: Women are superior to men in
Negative: Women are inferior to men in
Helping behaviors averaged together and standardized to form DV: 0 is “average” helping.
High = top-33%Low = bottom-33%
Motions for her to order first (high), or orders first himself (low)
Stands when she excuses herself from the table (high), or remains seated (low).
Pays the check (high) or splits the check (low)
Sample behaviors for male actor
p < .05
Each comparison: p < .01
May explain why chivalry is not dead: It makes men look better.