A new study from Lund University has suggested that men perceive themselves as having less power in their private lives versus their public lives.
Furthermore, both women and men agree: power in your private life affairs more than that in public life.
Power is regularly associated with men who possess visible status and money. But it will also be exercised in one’s private life to initiate and relationships with a partner, children, and friends.
Researchers from Lund University, Stockholm University, and Gavle University asked 808 Americans which areas they imagine are important in life, and where they felt they had the most power.
“The debate on gender equality has a tendency to concentrate on topics in the public domain such as salaries, leadership in companies, and politics, where women are underrepresented. Alternatively, our results influence how we will have to view power today,” said Sverker Sikstrom, professor of psychology at Lund University in Sweden.
The study showed that men perceive themselves as having more power in public life, while women view themselves as having more power in their private life. Notably, the participants valued private life over public life.
When power in the more than a few areas used to be weighted by the importance participants assigned to every area, perceived gender differences in power disappeared.
“It is difficult to take care of the position that men have more power than women, when women are perceived as having more power in the areas that are viewed as a very powerful. The case for equality also must be made in the private life, where men regularly lose custody cases, are more negatively affected by separations, and have weaker networks of friends. Thus, equality must be improved both for women and men, in both private and public life”, said Sverker Sikstrom.
It is very important note that the study primarily measured perceptions of power, relatively than any objective measure of the concept that, the researchers stress.
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