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Alice H. Eagly

In: The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology

Chapter 2: The Science and Politics of Comparing Women and Men:A Reconsideration

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The Science and Politics of Comparing Women and Men:A Reconsideration
The Science and Politics of Comparing Women and Men: A Reconsideration
Alice H. Eagly
Introduction

Controversies about the meaning and implications of psychological research that compares womenand men have persisted over many decades. It is right and proper that this research area receivesthis scrutiny, given its scientific importance and political relevance. In this chapter I discussthis continuing interest, particularly in relation to the issues that I raised in an article titled‘The science and politics of comparing women and men’, which appeared in 1995 inAmerican Psychologist (Eagly, 1995). In that article I questioned earlier claims that thesex-related differences demonstrated by psychological research are uniformly small, unusuallyunstable across studies, commonly artifactual, and contrary to the content of gender stereotypes. ...

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