W. David Pierce, R. A. Sydie, and Rainer Stratkotter, Department of Sociology, Unviersity of Alberta; Catherine Krull, Department of Sociology, Queens University.
Social Concepts and Judgments: A Semantic Differential Analysis of the Concepts Feminist, Man, and Woman
Article first published online: 29 OCT 2003
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 27, Issue 4, pages 338–346, December 2003
How to Cite
Pierce, W. D., Sydie, R. A., Stratkotter, R. and Krull, C. (2003), Social Concepts and Judgments: A Semantic Differential Analysis of the Concepts Feminist, Man, and Woman. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 27: 338–346. doi: 10.1111/1471-6402.00114
- Issue published online: 29 OCT 2003
- Article first published online: 29 OCT 2003
- Initial submission: August 31, 2001 Initial acceptance: November 15, 2001 Final acceptance: March 17, 2003
Male and female participants (N= 274) made judgments about the social concepts of feminist, man, and woman on 63 semantic differential items. Factor analysis identified three basic dimensions termed evaluative, potency, and activity as well as two secondary factors called expressiveness and sexuality. Results for the evaluative dimension showed that the concept feminist was rated negatively with male participants rating feminist more negatively than female participants. In terms of potency, feminist was judged higher than man whereas the concept woman was rated low on this dimension. Participants also judged the concept feminist as low in expressiveness and rated woman as the most expressive. Feminist received low ratings on the erotic-sexual dimension (sexuality) by female participants and negative sexuality ratings by men. These results are discussed in terms of social role theory, gender stereotypes, and the changes in women's roles and behavior.