Women indicate modesty as sign of weakness

Women indicate modesty as sign of weaknessResearch indicates that females have found the rise of the "more feminine man" or "metro sexual", a big switch-off.

Researchers from Rutgers University in New Jersey, US found that unassuming and self-effacing men quite often are not as liked as the masculine ones.

Women see modesty amongst men as a poor character trait that could adversely affect their employability or earnings potential.

The study consisting of 132 female and 100 male student volunteers found that men did not view female modesty negatively.

The participants viewed footage of 15-minute job interviews of males and female actors delivering similar responses to questions for the position that required social skills.

The applicants were judged to be equally competent for the role but the "modest" males were less liked, results published in the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity showed.

Corinne Moss-Racusin, a psychologist who led the study said historically and cross-culturally, men have been stereotyped as more independent and self-focused than women. By contrast, dominance is reserved for men and prohibited for women. Thus, gender stereotypes are comprised of four sets of rules and expectations for behavior consist of both 'should' and 'should notes' for each gender.

Miss Moss-Racusin, of Rutgers University, New Jersey believes that men had a higher status in society than women which meant meek males were afforded the benefit of the doubt over dominant females.

Daily Mail quoted Professor Laurie Rudman of Rutgers University saying that men are expected to be successful, powerful, and dominant, show no weaknesses or chinks in the armor, and avoid acting in ways that might be perceived as feminine.

However, contradicting the earlier belief that, meek men face employment problems, the findings of the current study revealed that the case is vice-versa.

Owing to the social status of men, submissive men are given the benefit of doubt and have lesser odds of having employment troubles in contrast to dominant women.

Nonetheless, stressing that such mental pressure to be manly could be detrimental for men's health.

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