The many faces of androgyny: A reply to Locksley and Colten

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In their critique of the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) and Personal Attributes Questionnaire (PAQ), A. Locksley and M. Colten (see record 1980–30293–001) assume that a singular androgyny theory exists to which the rationale and the psychometric properties of these instruments are tied and that each is intended to be a broad-gauged measure of masculinity and femininity or of global self-images of these concepts. The present authors, however, conceive of the PAQ as a specialized measure of socially desirable instrumental and expressive characteristics, objectively defined trait dimensions that distinguish between the sexes to some degree and thus may be labeled “masculine” and “feminine.” (34 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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