Until the 70s of the last century, the scientific community has been recognized masculinity and femininity as opposite traits - the more expressed is one of these gender traits in personality, the less clearly expressed the other.
But social psychologist Dr. Sandra Lipsitz Bem suggested a person can have a high level of masculinity and femininity at the same time. Moreover, such a combination is normal for many people and defines their personality as androgynous. The result of her research was the Bem Sex-Role Inventory, a tool to measure gender traits.
The PT Gender-Role Interactive Test was inspired by BSRI and developed as a modern inventory to measure of masculinity and femininity.
Problems with the gender role theory
Bem's work is harshly criticized as not taking cultural, religious, and social differences into account. It’s important to understand that gender stereotypes have changed significantly in recent decades and masculinity and femininity as concepts have become much more complex. Though gender stereotyping is controversial, the BSRI remained a popular test and a quite valid tool for measuring different aspects of gender traits with high levels of validity and reliability.
Please indicate how strongly it applies to you for each of the thirty-four simple statements below. The results of our online PT Gender Role test are provided "as-is", and should be used for educational purposes only, and its questions and results can in no way be interpreted as a specialist or doctor’s advice.
1. I would enjoy being a fashion designer.
2. I would prefer a class in mathematics to a class in poetry.