Kite and Whitley's (1996) have reviewed data that heterosexuals' evaluations of gay men and lesbians are influenced by a generalized gender belief system. According to this model, we as humans have already have characterized gender reflect the belief that gender-associated attributes are bipolar: What is masculine is not feminine and vice versa. We also tend to possess stereotypically masculine physical characteristics and to adopt stereotypically masculine roles. Similarly, the knowledge that a person is stereotypically feminine on one dimension leads to the inference that the person is stereotypically feminine on other dimensions I think that as a society, our beliefs about homosexuality are influenced by a gender belief system. Men are in stereotypically feminine terms are more likely to be judged homosexual than are men described in stereotypically masculine terms. At a lesser note, women are described too as sterotypes in masculine terms and are judged lesbian than women described in stereotypically feminine terms In some gender-based judgments of gay people reflect the belief that male homosexuals are similar to female heterosexuals and that female homosexuals are similar to male heterosexuals (e.g., Kite & Deaux, 1987; Storms, Stivers, Lambers, & Hill, 1981). As Kite (1994) has argued, separating gender-role beliefs from attitudes toward homose...
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...not want their tough side invaded they way I see it.
This was a tought subject to write about, but I felt that the issue of gender with being Gay and Lesbian needed to be written.
Batson & Burris, 1994; Herek, 1988
Esses, Haddock, & Zanna, 1993
Kite & Deaux, 1987; Storms, Stivers, Lambers, & Hill, 1981
Louderback & Whitley, 1997
Kite and Whitley
Millham, San Miguel, & Kellogg, 1976; Plasek & Allard, 1984
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