say men becoming 'more passive' when women are abused, threatened
Modern times means traditional gender roles
are taking a hit. That's evidenced in a new study at Texas A & M that shows that
young men are less chivalrous today. Researcher George Cunningham and colleagues
studied male and female reactions to women facing incivility.
"What we observed among men was indifference."
Cunningham and assistants had the students read
about women facing incivility. In both readings
and in videotaped demonstrations, men showed
little empathy for women being disparaged.
"Men are less likely to be mistreated and therefore
are less attuned to that so there could be a lot of reasons
for this," he says.
He reports that female participants in the study adds were upset
when reading about other women treated poorly but when
confronted with an actual event, did nothing to assist her either.
"Men were ambivalent whether they read about it or not."
That ambivalence, says Cunningham,
means that women have had to learn
to take matters into their own hands
and learn to defend themselves
from transgressions. He says other
research shows that only about 13% of
people speak up for themselves.
"And because of that it's important for
others who observe that behavior to speak
up or take steps to stop that mistreatment
in the workplace or school setting," he says.