I chose to take the “Gender – Career” Implicit Association Test because I wanted to see if my years of studying gender and participating in feminist activism have actually altered the way I perceive socially constructed stereotypes and stigmas of gender. The test aimed to identify the level of difficulty it took to associate the words “Female” with “Family” and “Male” with “Career” (and the reverse). My results came out to be having a “strong association of Female with Career and Male with Family compared to Male with Career and Female with Family”.
There are many things that I think the test revealed about me, the biggest one being that I have had female role models in my life in which I have never seen not working towards a career. I also think that it reveals how strongly I have worked to try and overcome the stereotype of the “working male” and “stay-at-home mother”. I thought my results would be more towards a neutral preference for both groups, so I was slightly surprised that the association I had with the groups was “strong” compared to “moderate” or “neutral”. I was also probably overcompensating for the “Female with Career” group because I am conscious of preexisting stigmas attached to gender roles in our society.
I really liked how the IAT took into account my own personal factors that could contribute to my results, such as my upbringing (who worked in my household when I was a child) and my personal views on gender roles. There are some things that I did not like about the IAT as well, such as not recognizing that not everyone labels themselves as “male” or “female”, which was not only in the actual test but also in the survey at the end of the test which also lacked any other option to chose but the dichotomy of male and female. I can understand why they chose the dichotomy for the actual test, but not for the personal survey that was to be taken at the end.