Journal Article Evaluation And Critique

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Morelia Rodriguez PSYCH 78A FALL 2015 Exercise #1 Journal Article Evaluation and Critique 1. Armstrong, Elizabeth A. et al. (2014). “Good Girls”: Gender, Social Class, and Slut Discourse on Campus. Social Psychology Quarterly, 77(100), 100-122. Doi: 10.1177/0190272514521220. The issue that the authors address is trying to find an explanation and understanding of why women actively participate in slut shaming. 2. The theory that was tested was whether women participate in slut stigma in order to maintain their different status in regards to social standing. The main concepts of this was that women considered as low-class (women that “grew up in working, lower-middle, or middle-class families”) and women considered as high-class (women…show more content…
Within these differing classes, there are differing personalities. Moreover, those in the low-class see the high-class women as having very distinctive personalities and vice versa. To be more specific, the low-class women see the high-class women as stuck-up, rich, and snobby. Although the high-class women rarely pay attention to the low-class women, when they did notice the low-class women they saw them as trashy and as if they were trying too hard. Within this study, there is a deep presence of a social structure (low-class and high-class) and how between the different classes result in different personalities. For example, from the perspective of the women in the low-class, they see themselves as “nice…[and] laidback,’” whereas high-class women were seen as “bitchy, stuck up, cliquey” (Armstrong et al., 2014, p. 114). In contrast, from the perspective of the women in the high-class group, they saw themselves as “demure, polite, and preppy” (2014, p. 111). However, since these women were unaware of those below them, they did not classify a personality for those in the low-class group, instead they defined a different class group, “sluts,” as being trashy and “easy.” This differentiation of the different social standings and personalities is drawn from the social structure and personality social psychology perspective. The way that the social structure affects the personality is by way of where one stands in the
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