Gender Neutralization

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|Contents | Page | |Abstract ……………………… …… |…………………………………………………………1 | |Introduction……… …… …………… |…………………………………………………………1 | |Definition ……………………… …… |…………………………………………………………1 | |Methodology &Data Collection …… |…………………………………………………………2 | |Findings &Discussion ……………… |…………………………………………………………3 | |Conclusion…………………………… |…………………………………………………………4 | |Reference …………………………… |…………………………………………………………4 |

Female Neutralization Is More Accepted By The Public Than Male Neutralization

Abstract
Li Yuchun is popular for her neutralized coolness and handsomeness while Xiang Ding for his mextrasexual charm. Show programs like “Super Girls” and “Come on! Good Boy” have produced many neutralized stars who are leading neutralization especially in fashion. Though holding an increasingly positive attitude towards gender neutralization, the public actually have different opinions. Key Words: neutralization female male acceptance

Introduction
On the stage, there are handsome Li Yuchun and elegant Xiang Ding. As a matter of fact, there are huge numbers of young people especially among post 80s and 90s imitating this way of dressing. Another fact is that manly dressed girls become eye-catching and popular. Boys wearing earrings are no longer regarded as negatively effeminate. Instead, they are accepted as popular metro sexual. This study has three main aims: a. to explore the public attitudes towards gender neutralization; b. to examine whether the female neutralization is much more accepted than the male neutralization; c. to analyze the reasons for the different degrees of acceptance. Definitions

For the purposes of this study, it is important to define “gender-neutralization”. Neutralization is actually a representation of a third temperament of both masculinity and femininity. (Pan Yunjun in China Acdemic Journal Electronic Publishing House). To be more specific, if one dresses himself without noticeable gender characteristics, wearing adornments and hairstyles which can also be worn by the opposite gender, he is then a neutralized one.

Methodology and Data Collection
Based on previous researches conducted by some professionals, it can be supposed that female neutralization is much higher accepted by the public than the male neutralization mainly concerning dressing on account of three factors: the change of social status, the influence of media, and the personal reluctance to change. Firstly, female neutralized styling suggests that women’s social status is rising, while male neutralized styling suggests that men’s social status is descending. Secondly, the media exposure rate of female neutralized images is higher than that of male neutralized images; in the media, images of neutralized female are more positive. Thirdly, the traditional male image barely changes in people’s inherent conception, making people hard to accept male neutralized styling. Based on these assumptions, the questionnaire was carefully designed. All together there were 24 questions, dealing with public attitudes towards gender-neutralized dressing of others and their better half, public images of neutralized female and neutralized male, and the images produced by...
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