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Be an advocate for others, unless you are a man: backlash against gender-atypical male job candidates

Bosak, Janine
Rudman, Laurie
Kinahan, Mary
Published in Psychology of Men & Masculinity. 2016
Abstract Previous research shows that gender vanguards (individuals who demonstrate gender-atypical skills and behavior) suffer backlash in the form of social and economic penalties (Rudman & Phelan, 2008). This study examined backlash against female and male job applicants who were either gender-atypical or typical. Professionals (N 149) evaluated female or male managerial applicants for internal promotion described in their performance review as showing either self-advocacy or advocacy on behalf of their team. Atypical, other-advocating men were judged to be low on agency and competence and penalized with job dismissal. Serial mediation analysis demonstrated that, compared with other-advocating women, other-advocating men were perceived to lack agency, which contributed to a perceived loss of compe- tence that ultimately led to greater penalties. The implications of these findings for contemporary leadership theories and men's and women's professional success in the workplace are discussed.
Keywords Gender discriminationBacklashHiringGender rolesAdvocacy
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Research group Groupe de recherche sur les relations intergroupes et les représentations sociales
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BOSAK, Janine et al. Be an advocate for others, unless you are a man: backlash against gender-atypical male job candidates. In: Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 2016. doi: 10.1037/men0000085 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:100084

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