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Deconstructing The Myth Of The Nonaggressive Woman: A Feminist Analysis

Deconstructing The Myth Of The Nonaggressive Woman: A Feminist Analysis One of the most pervasive and undisputed gender stereotypes is that men are more aggressive than women. However, this stereotype has, until recently, led researchers to conclude that women are nonaggressive and, therefore, to ignore the topic of female aggression as a distinct phenomenon. The basis of the myth, factors supporting its maintenance, and theories of female aggression are examined. A feminist reinterpretation of aggression that views women's and men's aggressive behavior within social structural arrangements that create and sustain differential power relations is presented. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychology of Women Quarterly SAGE

Deconstructing The Myth Of The Nonaggressive Woman: A Feminist Analysis

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 1994 American College of Veterinary Pathologists
ISSN
0361-6843
eISSN
1471-6402
DOI
10.1111/j.1471-6402.1994.tb01045.x
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Abstract

One of the most pervasive and undisputed gender stereotypes is that men are more aggressive than women. However, this stereotype has, until recently, led researchers to conclude that women are nonaggressive and, therefore, to ignore the topic of female aggression as a distinct phenomenon. The basis of the myth, factors supporting its maintenance, and theories of female aggression are examined. A feminist reinterpretation of aggression that views women's and men's aggressive behavior within social structural arrangements that create and sustain differential power relations is presented.

Journal

Psychology of Women QuarterlySAGE

Published: Dec 1, 1994

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