Men and women have different ways of thinking and different styles in deciding.
Many factors can affect the way men and women think and process their thoughts. People also view men and women differently. Men are strong, hard and the one who protects women. Women are soft, sensitive and the one who needs protection. Men also tend to be very objective and looks at the bigger picture rather than women who tend to be subjective or emotion- driven, and looks at things individually.
Thus, a person’s perception and judgment are affected by these gender roles. It is said that gender is a big factor in the way a person view and give judgment.
Many people use sex roles or gender as their basis in assimilating and categorizing information (Skitka & Maslach, 1990). People have the tendency to pass out judgment based on a person’s gender, developing into a stereotype on what the genders are limited and restricted to only do. Huma (2010) said that a lot of studies are focused on the sex roles and revealed that there was really a significant difference in terms of judgment between male and female.
Gender has been assumed to be a basic category that strongly influences perceptions of people of others. Bartol and Butterfield (1976) investigate double standards. Their conclusion is that the sex of the manager affects the evaluation of different leadership styles.
Another interesting outcome is that different standards are used in evaluating the performance of male and female leaders. Double standards in terms of gender exist in the present day society wherein there are certain things that men can do and get away with that women would never be able to live down. Because of our existing notions of what a specific gender should be, these affect how we view certain people when they behave in a way that contradicts our what we already know.
The existence of double standards in the society is an example of this gender stereotyping. Disparity shows when men can show off their bodies and people will call it attractive, whereas when women show off even just a little skin and people would pass them off as indecent and too revealing.
Specific gender roles demand people to act based on the roles they are asked to fulfill and falling short of it dictates a failure to conform. As it is human nature for males and females to act a specific way depending on their gender, the impression one forms out of them may vary greatly depending on the gender one possesses.