The effect of gender on judgments about the future prospects of a baby girl or boy: Does our gendered culture also influence judgments about the future?
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This study reports a novel examination of the gendered culture that predominates not only in the educational system but also in the wider reaches of present day Australian culture. It furthers this examination by examining linkages between the point of view of the observer (male versus female) and the effect on judgment when males versus females are the objects of that judgment. That is, it deliberately focuses on the complex contexts entailed by these joint activities. The effect of demography on these judgments is examined in passing by taking account of the effect of educational achievement and age in years. The methodology utilised was to administer a questionnaire containing 16 items asking about the likelihood of a baby having specific experiences in the future ranging from going to prison to travelling to Mars regularly. Items were selected for their capacity to produce gender-biased responses. The gender of the participant and the gender of the baby were controlled with a view to enhancing the questionnaire's capacity to elicit gender-biased responses. Surprisingly, the results suggest that these male and female participants agree rather than disagree about the future and that the future is aspirational rather than dystopic.
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