Top of our wish list: candles that are maybe too pretty to burn

Megan Burns

The state of the fashion trend: Do they still exist or matter?

Marie Kelly

This gorgeous redbrick home in Rathmines is on the market for €825,000

Lauren Heskin

Boudoir photoshoots: ‘I wanted to create a place for women who don’t currently love their...

Jennifer McShane

Join this virtual event, where global leaders ask ‘what’s next’ for businesses, live events and...

Shayna Sappington

Marie Kelly always hated her brows. Until she had them tattooed.

Marie Kelly

What’s on this weekend: March 5-7

Lauren Heskin

Covid life: How to parent when you have no answers for them

Amanda Cassidy

Kevin Dundon’s courgette and feta pasta salad


Image / Editorial

Female Bosses Make Male Employees More Assertive

by Jeanne Sutton
13th Jul 2015

the proposal

Because we’re living in the supposedly enlightened year of 2015, the female boss is becoming the new normal after years of domestic drudgery and legal servitude slowly transformed into women entering third level education and then the workforce. Sadly, this evolution is making some men revert to the Stone Age, with a new study finding having a female boss makes some men more assertive in a bid to show how masculine they are.

The study, which the UK Independent reported on, found that this ?assertive? behaviour was because certain men feel threatened by having a woman in charge. As opposed to inspired. The researchers at Bocconi University in Milan think that men react this way because they feel their masculinity is being threatened when a woman is in a more senior role. As a result, men become ‘more self-assured? and their manner ‘difficult?.

76 college students were assessed – 34 female and 52 male – and asked to negotiate their salary in a job interview role play scenario. Male or female managers were assigned at random. After the ?interview? the participants were asked how threatened they felt. The male subjects appeared more threatened and pushed for a higher salary than they with potential male bosses. Women participants across the board did not display such aggressiveness and tended to ask for lower salaries than men. Another test that showed a clear difference between the sexes when it came to working for the opposite gender related to a hypothetical bonus and the prospect of sharing it. Men were less likely to share their bonus if it meant including a female supervisor in the division of spoils. They’re not exactly reassuring findings, are they?

One of the researchers, Ekaterina Netchaeva said that the reason for all this caveman carry on is that ?Male subordinates experience especially strong levels of threat when interacting with a female superior, which further leads them to act self-assertively? The explanation is rooted in the idea that men’s masculinity or manhood is elusive and tenuous. It is something that needs to be continuously bolstered, especially when it is threatened by close association with femininity.?

We don’t know how any of this relates to German leader Angela Merkel and Greece, if at all, but if you have any conspiracy theories, lash ?em below.

Via Independent UK

Also Read

sore eyes UTI period
Health Check: What are prostaglandins and how do they affect my period symptoms?

If you find yourself suffering with symptoms like cramping, sore...

By Erin Lindsay

The Menopause Diaries: The dreaded dryness down under

Helen Seymour is in Peri-Menopause, or at least she thinks...

By Helen Seymour

Covid crying
Tears, fears and tissues: The 5 types of Covid crying we’re all by now familiar with

It goes without saying that most of us have had...

By Edaein OConnell

Has society become more tolerant of the idea of dating interracially?
Interracial dating: “People kept asking ‘where is she from?'”

With diversity on the rise, what struggles do interracial couples continue to face today? Filomena Kaguako speaks to three couples about their experiences.

By Filomena Kaguako

9 beautiful Champagne glasses to order in time for NYE

Ring in the New Year (and bid a welcome adieu...

By Lauren Heskin

The grown up guide to wearing glitter lips

If Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel and Nars tell you...

By Holly O'Neill

‘Nobody is forcing us to replace all our dinner plates with firtree and silver versions with matching tea-towels’

I get it. Christmas is a list-fiesta, the to-do Olympics;...

By Amanda Cassidy

Eclipsed: The powerful, all-female play exposing a Magdalene Laundry you need to see

‘Eclipsed’ director Kate Canning told Jennifer McShane of the challenges...

By Jennifer McShane