Male identity: an island no man wants to visit

John Barry, Male Psychology Network

The phenomenon of ingroup favouritism and outgroup bias is a cornerstone of social psychology. The strength of such biases vary by group e.g. it is well-established that higher-status groups invoke more ingroup bias (e.g. Nosek et al, 2002). Men in general (historically and cross-culturally) have higher status than women in the public realm (politics, finance etc), so one would expect that male identity invokes a high level of ingroup bias. However research shows that – uniquely in social identity theory – male identity, unlike female identity, invokes no significant ingroup bias (e.g. Richeson & Ambady, 2001).

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One-night stands are all about the pleasure of sex, right? Not really, says a new study

By Rico Fischer

There is the belief that heterosexuals have casual sex (one-night stands or one-off sex with acquaintances) because they simply desire the pleasure that comes with it. The underlying assumption here is that the only reason men and women, but particularly men, have casual sex, is to be quickly satisfied. Research shows that in committed relationships, there are myriads of reasons, including emotional satisfaction. But casual sex is different, right?

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Challenging the Gendered Discourse of Domestic Violence

Dr Ben Hine
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of West London

The UK government currently defines domestic violence and abuse in the following way:

“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

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The secret to enduring more pain? If you are a man, the answer might lie in feeling less like one (right before)

By Rico Fischer

According to Vadenllo and Bosson’s (2017) precarious manhood theory, (1) men are not born with manhood but they must earn it; (2) a man earns being seen as a man by behaving in the way that society expects a man to behave; (3) manhood is difficult to earn but easy to lose. So, what happens when your sense of manhood is threatened? According to the theory, men feel aggressive and anxious, and cope by acting in stereotypically masculine ways.

Whether threatening manhood does indeed trigger anxiety, aggression and stereotypically male behaviour was tested in a study recently published in the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

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