Professors & Gender

I found this numbers generator fascinating. I started off with the typically associated words and stereotypical words associated with each gender such as the expected lovely or beautiful which are linked more towards women professors. I even wanted to see if just the general word of attractive would be associated with money and it was. Anything relating to physical appearance was associated with women all aside from the term “eye candy” which is generally used more for men in conversations and such anyway; or at least in my experience and word association. Then I moved onto words that I personally associate with men like the word “aggressive”. However I was very surprised at what I found. For the word “aggressive” only positive correlations were made for men and negative for women. In addition, all of the correlations for a negative sense of aggressive being used were for stereotypical fields of student such as fine arts or music. Continuing, the word the generator started with was funny and was not surprised men out weighed the women in uses of the word funny for descriptions also with women engineers being considered the least funny. Of course the word emotional was tide to women which was expected as well as sweet. Mostly all of the words you would stereotypical think to be associated with the expected gender was statistically backed up that many others assume the same.   Things that did surprise me for the words associated with men were the use of “smart”, “genius”, “insightful” and “intelligent”. I do understand this is speaking on professors however I expected more of an equal generalization between the genders.

Lastly I want to mention the words that surprised me the most to be equally split between the genders. First is the word “strong”. I automatically assumed this to be associated with men because men are generally seen as far stronger than women however I believe I thinking in the sense of the word differently than those who were questioned. Secondly was the word sensitive. As expected I assumed it would be closely correlated to women however it was again equally spread out. This could again be due to the stereotypical manner I assume word will be associated with or the image of women is different in the teaching work force. Lastly was the word “willing”. I am not sure which gender I expected the word to correlate more with but I was not expecting it to be equally spread out.

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