There is no doubt that women still face challenges in the workspace. In some situations, we still have to fight for equal pay, equal opportunity, and even equal respect. Although I’d like to think we’ve come a long way, the struggle is clearly not over. It seems that we not only have to battle men’s negative perceptions of us, but also our perception of ourselves.
Recently, studies have shown that women will sell themselves short when working with men. A series of experiments was published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin where men and women were asked to work with one another. When given positive feedback, the women would tend to give more credit to the male and took less credit for themselves. While we may be quick to defend the female and point out that she is merely being modest, studies show that women react differently when working with other women. When their teammate is female, the woman in question does not undervalue her contribution like she did with the male teammate.
Upon discovering this disparity, the woman responsible for these studies, Michelle Haynes , commented “It underscores how the expectations women hold of themselves, and those they work with, influence how they process group feedback. Furthermore, it reveals that gender continues to play a role in how individuals derive these performance expectations.”
In the midst of fighting for higher ranking positions, why do we view our own contributions less favorably than then contributions of our male co-workers? Haynes adds that this mentality is “likely to impact how women view their efficacy at work and the degree to which they are likely to vie for competitive projects and promotions.” While fighting for equality must we also face our own negativity? Tell us what you think.
Dept The Market
Issue Fall 2012
Hed: Here Goes Nothing
Ever wonder what you’d find on an online dating site? Pervs, fetishists … the boy next door? One Asian American woman does the (dirty) work for us in our inaugural O.D.D. (Online Dating Diary) column.
Online dating can be a daunting experience for both men and women, and even more specifically for an Asian American woman. Some may argue that Asian American women have it easy because they tend to
receive the most number of messages on online dating sites, but having X number of suitors does not necessarily make the experience any easier or better.
I’ve tried online dating before — for a whole week — before permanently deleting my account after receiving little more than creepy (and sometimes downright revolting) messages from various men on the site. At one point, a guy I had grown to trust a bit made a complete 180 — from a seemingly nice guy to one who confessed how much he liked to masturbate to my picture.
DEPT The Market
ISSUE Fall 2012
AUTHOR Paul Nakayama
HED: THE DYNAMIC DUO
He’s one way when he’s sober, completely different when he’s drunk. Columnist Paul Nakayama uncovers the truth behind your masked man.
I just returned from Comic Con with a pile of Batman books, and it’s a few days before The Dark Knight Rises premieres. I’m almost fanatically on the Batman bandwagon this week, and if I could look good in black leather and spandex, I would be running around dressed in it. Now, this is probably not a good way to portray myself considering I’m the magazine’s resident dating columnist, but I’m more of an “unintentional-abstinence-sucks-so-don’t-do-what-I-do” sort of advisor anyway. So, in sheer geek revelry, I’m going to use Batman as my device for talking through this month’s Awful Truth topic: “dual identities,” or why men are flirtier when drunk.
We definitely don’t give enough love to the men of Bollywood – that’s now going to change. If you haven’t already heard of Ranveer Singh – say hello, ladies. (And to his abs too, rawr!)
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