Racial Discrimination And Gender Discrimination

2298 Words Jun 23rd, 2016 10 Pages
Discrimination is an ongoing problem that exists in many forms and is often studied by social psychologists. According to Bordens and Horowitz (2014), discrimination is defined as “overt behavior- often negatively directed toward a particular group and often tied to prejudicial attitudes- which involves behaving in different ways toward members of different groups” (p. 106). Although discriminatory behaviors have seemed to simmer down over the past decades, individuals still to this day continue to face discrimination based on characteristics such as their race, religion, age, gender, and sexual orientation. My paper focuses on three studies about gender discrimination, or sexism. These studies target gender discrimination in the workplace, people’s perceptions and levels of supportiveness towards situations which entail gender discrimination, and factors that influence their perceptions. The first portion of the paper consists of summaries of the articles while the second section includes an analysis of these studies. In one study conducted by Hess (2013), mock job interviews were completed with female college students to investigate nonverbal gender discrimination. The hypothesis was that experienced interviewers would show more unfavorable behaviors towards women applying for a masculine, or incongruent, job and more favorable behaviors towards those interviewing for job that is considered to be feminine, or congruent. The researchers believed that inexperienced…
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