Trajectories of evaluating gender counter-stereotypes on a continuum: An examination based on facial appearance, behaviors and traits

[Speaker] Zuo, Bin:1
[Co-author] Wen, Fangfang:1, Fang, Zeming:1, Wu, Yang:1, Sun, Shan:1
1:Central China Normal University (China (People's Republic of China))

The current study operationalized the gender counter-stereotype as a continuum, and examined the influences of varying degrees of counter-stereotype on the impression formation and evaluation processes. The current research argued that as the gender counter-stereotypicality increases, one's impression on others would tend to increase initially but drop precipitously after a critical point. The current research tested the model through three aspects: the facial appearance, behaviors and traits. The results are as follows: (1) studies on all three aspects demonstrated a similar "climbing-dropping" trend in impression evaluations, as the degrees of counter-stereotype increases; (2) the tipping point occurred later for counter-stereotypic women than for men, suggesting higher tolerance for counter-stereotypical women. (3) The typicality of traits and behaviors also influences the positioning of the tipping point.
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