Preliminary analyses revealed participants generally expressed double standards by rating the desirability of behaviors differently for female and male characters in the traditional direction (e.g., paying for a date rated more desirable for a man than for a woman).
We predicted dating double standards would be positively related to factors previously found to predict traditional gender roles (viewing popular media, religious attendance) as well as attitudes that reflect traditional views (conservative political beliefs, benevolent and hostile sexism, disavowing a feminist identity). Among these correlations, dating double standards were strongly associated with benevolent sexism (among women and men) and with hostile sexism (among men). Thematic analysis was used to explore how emerging adults explained their preferences for two marriage traditions: marriage proposals and surname changes.
Analogous to sexual double standards, dating double standards reflect the greater agency and power traditionally accorded to men in society. undergraduates at a California public university (57 % female, ages 18–25 years-old) from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
In the present study, we investigated factors related to young heterosexual adults’ endorsement of dating double standards. In the Heterosexual Dating Double-Standards Scale, respondents rate the desirability of five dating and courtship behaviors (initiate date, hold door open, pay for date, propose marriage, take spouse’s last name) separately for women and men.
Yet it would appear that, for the majority of women, height is a crucial determiner in the search for a partner, as whilst my towering alter-ego was 'matched' 11 times, my Lilliputian self received only a disappointing 2 extensions of interest.
'Tall, dark and handsome' – the clichéd cornerstone of what women look for in a man – begins with a very heightist requirement.
And though this idiom is laughed off as fantasy by most of the fairer sex, it would appear, from the results of my (very unofficial) social experiment, that there is no smoke without fire.
Don't get me wrong, we can't berate women for having 'types'.
Height and weight are, after all, both measurements; simple, numerical records used to represent our bodies.What bothered me at the time was the way she inducted the Most Recent Great Man into her family sphere, and then he would be removed from the picture when she grew disenchanted. If anything, I was in awe – even more so when a few years later I found myself divorced (in my forties), with two young children, and wondering what would come next. Was it seeing her ultimately repeating unfortunate patterns, since she expressed a desire to remarry?Another might take his place a month or two later, in yet one more relationship that was doomed to end. Or was I jealous of what appeared to be a glamorous social life – which resembled nothing in my real life – ?Then I thought of another friend whose post-divorce dating life was also something of a dizzying series of escapades.Most of the divorced men I’ve known openly admit – usually with a rakish grin – to a significant number of partners.