Posted by: lwagner10 | October 31, 2011

Stereotype Formation

At a recent presentation on health care, the speaker, a noted doctor, asserted that men were better at multitasking than women.  This might not have caught my attention so much if it was not followed by a rather loud B…S… in a feminine voice from the audience.  It reminded me that this is frequently how stereotypes are promoted.  As presented, it could be easily interpreted as all men are better at multitasking than women.  The next step in developing a bad stereotype is the conclusion that all women are bad at multitasking and all men are good at multitasking.  I have no doubt that the study quoted showed that on average, men are better at multitasking than women.  But I am equally sure that some women were better at multitasking than some men, and some probably better than a lot of men.  While this is probably not a preeminent issue for many, other than the lady in audience, it shows how we can overstate data and offend people.  This data can be scientifically generated as in this case or our own limited data collection.

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