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Agneta Fischer & Catharine Evers

In: The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology

Chapter 12: The Social Basis of Emotion in Men and Women

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The Social Basis of Emotion in Men and Women
The Social Basis of Emotion in Men and Women
Agneta FischerCatharine Evers
Introduction

When asking the question ‘who is the more emotional sex’, the answer that will belikely is ‘women’. Gray’s (1992) book about the emotional Venus-women and therational Mars-men reflects this popular view about the core difference between men and women. Itfits in a long tradition in Western thought in which women have been associated with emotionalityand men with reason (Shields, 2002). Although the sexes have reached more similar positions in thesocial structure, at least in Western societies, people continue to believe that women pay moreattention to their own and others’ feelings and intuitions, while men are more focused onrational thought. These common beliefs seem to support ...

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