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The phrase “girls go to college to get more knowledge, boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider” comes to life in a recent survey on Americans by the Pew Research Center. Though both genders recognize differences between the two sexes, they are split on where these divides originate. In other words, men attribute gender differences to biological differences, while women attribute gender differences to societal expectations.

Across the partisan divide, Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents were more likely than Republicans or GOP-leaning people to attribute gender differences to societal expectations, rather than on biological differences.

Americans’ beliefs about men and women and their respective pressures also differ. Labeled as “pressure points,” men and women had clear differences in societal expectations. Such differences include: higher expectations for women to be more physically attractive and a more involved parent, as opposed to higher expectations for men to support their family financially and be successful in their careers.

Societal premiums on masculinity over femininity were also found. About half (53%) of surveyed Americans stated that they looked up to masculine figures, compared to the 32% that looked up to feminine women. About half of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents expressed negative sentiment to most people in society looking up to masculine men (48%). Once again, democrats split from Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, where 73% expressed positive sentiment towards masculine figures being role models in society.

However, in the workplace, the American public sees more similarities between men and women. Regardless of gender, 63% of respondents stated men and women are similar when it comes to strengths in the workplace.

This national survey also published findings on differences between millenial and older men, the influence of race and education levels on how people see their own masculinity and femininity, and gender differences on parenting strategies.


Sophia Kim