Three studies are reported that concern the level of androgyny characterizing college males and females over a 20-year span (1958-1978) and whether such males and females differ in androgynous potential when compared directly. In- spection of androgyny scores over the two-decade period indicated that females achieved appreciably higher levels of androgyny in the 1960s, but showed a plateau in androgyny level in the 1970s. Males, in contrast, showed androgynous growth in the 1970s after a decline in the 1960s. Direct comparison between the sexes indicated that males are generally more androgynous than females. This result was obtained whether questionnaire self-descriptions were used as the source of data or whether observer ratings were used following laboratory in- teraction.
By Alfred B. Heilbrun, Jr. and Harvey L. Schwartz, 1982