International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Opinions of University Students on Ideal Man
Muharrem Koç, Özlem Haskan Avcı, Ph.D.; Öznur Bayar

Gender stereotypes that exist in the society make their presence felt even before individuals are born. The present study aims to deeply analyze the opinions of female and male students in Turkey on how an idealized man should be. In this study, a questionnaire including socio-demographic information and an open-ended question “How do you think an idealized man should be?” was administered. The questionnaire was administered to 100 male and 118 female students. The answers given to the open-ended question were analyzed by the content analysis. The themes on the answers to the question “How should an ideal man be?” include “Should be well-behaved” (n=95, 21.59%); “Respectful and warmhearted/ affectionate and protective” (n=73, 16.59%); “Has a job, successful career and money” (n=59, 13.41%). The themes on the answers given by women to this question includes /should be fair (n=138, 36.3%), respectful (n=55, 14.4%), tolerant/kind (n=41, 10.7%).

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