On a television soap opera, a self-confident, smooth-talking businessman seduces a beautiful but not too bright female secretary. A children’s book describes a warm, caring, stay-at-home mother while depicting father as an adventuresome traveler. A newspaper advertisement for cigarettes shows a husky young man enthusiastically dousing a shapely, squealing female companion with water, her wet T-shirt clinging to her bust — the headlined caption reads “Refresh Yourself.” Each of these .messages tells us something about stereotypes and sexism.In the past twenty-five years, there has been considerable scientific interest in studying differences and similarities between the sexes for a number of reasons. First, various beliefs about sex differences in traits, talents, and temperaments have greatly influenced social, political, and economic systems throughout history. Second, recent trends have threatened age-old distinctions between the sexes. In 1985, for instance, more than half of American women worked outside the home. Unisex fashions in hairstyles, clothing, and jewelry are now popular. Even anatomic status is not fixed in a day where change-of-sex surgery is possible. Third, the women’s movement has brought increasing attention to areas of sex discrimination and sexism and has demanded sexual equality.As a result of these trends, old attitudes toward sex differences, childrearing practices, masculinity and femininity, and what society defines as “appropriate” gender-role behavior have undergone considerable change. Many of today’s young adults have been raised in families where a progressive attitude toward gender roles has been taught or where parents struggled to break away from stereotyped thinking. Thus, there is a continuum of types of socialization today that ranges from old, traditional patterns to more modern versions.*103\342\2*

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