A new look at gender inequality in Chinese: A study of Chinese speakers' perception of gender-based characters

Rong Ju Cherng, Chu Lin Chang, Jenn Yeu Chen

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摘要

It has been claimed that Chinese characters containing a woman radical (e.g., jian1 'adultery') tend to reflect negatively on women. We investigated this claim by asking Taiwan college students (24 men and 19 women) to rate the valence (1, 0, or -1) of 323 gender-based characters and their dictionary definitions. For men and women alike, characters with the son radical (k = 22) were rated more positively than characters with the woman radical (k = 103), although the latter also received a positive rating. Characters with the human radical (k = 198) were neutral. We conclude that gender inequality does not find itself in the gender-based characters. Whether it may be observed in other linguistic expressions of Chinese needs to be addressed with care.

原文英語
頁(從 - 到)427-433
頁數7
期刊Sex Roles
61
發行號5-6
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2009 十一月 17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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