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News to Me: Gender Roles Exist

Do you wear the pants in your relationship, or does your partner? A recent study proves that silence is golden but only for women. Jennifer Sellers, an assistant professor of psychology at Green Mountain College in Vermont, gathered 95 participants of equal parts men and women to view four videos of couples in conflict, some with a more dominate female, and some with a more dominate male. Both the female and male viewers were more critical of the relationships where the female partner was verbally assertive. They viewed the submissive men as less competent than their female counterparts, but when the man stepped up to the plate, the viewers changed their tune and ended up liking the couple.

According to Sellers, as much as we hate to admit it, we take heed of gender stereotypes. We've grown accustom to the man being the dominant and assertive partner in the relationship, and if they come short of that stereotype, they are considered less manly by both men and women, a characteristic guys don't take lightly.

I'm not one to stay silent in relationships, but I do agree that these predisposed gender roles exist. So what do you think? Do you think silence is key for women in a relationship or do you like to be the more dominant partner? Do you find yourself more attracted to men that like to wear the pants or are you indifferent?


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