"Objectifying gaze" (ogling women’s breasts) causes women to helplessly lose their math abilities and get significantly lower math test results. Women who suffer through an objectifying gaze perform worse on math tasks right afterwards. But, interestingly, they are also more willing to accept an invitation by the "perpetrator" of the gaze.
Such findings yielded Feminist research psychologist Professor Dr. Sarah J. Gervais from the University of Nebraska a coveted feminist prize: the Georgia Babladelis Best Paper Award, Psychology of Women (division 35 of the American Psychological Association), 2010-2011.
Women Can’t Think When You’re Looking At Our Tits
A blogger’s refreshingly short summary of Dr. Gervais’ research.
Maybe women’s psyche needs to be empowered, so their intelligence does not get derailed by a simple short ogling stare. Empowering women, of course, is not the goal of feminist study. Rather, new laws are needed to further punish and curtail male behavior. Harassment laws already severely restrict free speech at the work place (Freedom of Speech and Appellate Review in Workplace Harassment Cases)
Video showing Objectifying Gaze Research and an interview
Compare a very insightful Sexual Harassment spoof on YouTube.
Original Research paper
Gervais, S. J. Vescio, T. K., & Allen, J. (in press). When what you see is what you get: The consequences of the objectifying gaze for men and women. Psychology of Women Quarterly. (abstract, entire pdf)
Winner: Georgia Babladelis Best Paper Award, Psychology of Women (division 35 of the American Psychological Association), 2010-2011.
Professor Sarah Gervais’ Subtle Prejudice Lab analyzes subtle prejudice against women while engaging in serious prejudice against men (who need control and punishment) and women (who need protective laws instead of empowerment)
Why women who are ogled at work do not perform as well in the office
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