Discuss about the Development of Intra and Intergroup Judgments.
In many parts of the world, women are underestimated of their capabilities (Mueller, Melwani & Goncalo, 2012). The male dominated society has resulted to the portrayal of certain sections of biasness (Baumgartner et al., 2012) . At certain parts of the world, there are norms which prohibit women to drive a car (Gaertner & Dovidio, 2014). It might sound ridiculous, but it is true. In the Arabian countries the similar kinds of norms governs the society (Killen et al., 2013). Therefore, I took the initiative of breaking it by driving a car myself.
Expected reaction of the people
The norm that I broke sprung up reactions that specifically portrayed that I perhaps had committed a blasphemy. The reaction was astonishing, as they looked astounded and mesmerized by the audacity that I could show by breaking the norm. It was as though I was the reason for the degradation of their society and the culture they were into.
A steady reaction of the people and the protest could have brought me into trouble as I went against the norms of the society in order to feel myself as a free entity, not subdued by the male dominated society. The male candidates of the society looked at me as though I was trying to snatch the power out of them and the women looked at me as though they pitied me.
Setting of the place
I was returning from a date with my boyfriend, when I suddenly thought of driving the car. We got out of the restaurant and when he was going to take his seat as the driver, I forcibly snatched the keys out of his hands and went ahead with the gears. The place was filled with visitors of the restaurant, tourists and people belonging to the place. The people were making their visit to the hotel when the incident took place. In order to make it simpler, the security guards of the hotel and the guests of the restaurant were the witness of the incident. Some of the peddlers were also present in the setting.
The incident took place at the front of the restaurant where I and my boyfriend went for a date later that evening. As we came out of the restaurant, I felt a sudden surge of driving the car, which was prohibited in the nation. The people looked at me as though I have performed a blasphemy by driving a car in a male dominated nation.
I felt like I had conducted a revolution to bring about the change in the mentality and the outlook of the people. I undertook this action in order to portray the capabilities of the females and thereby prove that female candidates are no less than the male ones. Therefore, I desire an equal treatment. I felt in this manner because of the issues that the female has to face in a male dominated society is huge. It seems like the freedom is being subdued by the manacles that never seem to break apart. The people reacted in the same manner as was expected. It was because they were not accustomed with the very sight of a lady driving a car. The assignment has helped me in understanding the different forms of biasness that are prevalent in the society and the people misinterpret them as the norms.
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Gaertner, S. L., & Dovidio, J. F. (2014). Reducing intergroup bias: The common ingroup identity model. Psychology Press.
Killen, M., Rutland, A., Abrams, D., Mulvey, K. L., & Hitti, A. (2013). Development of intra?and intergroup judgments in the context of moral and social?conventional norms. Child Development, 84(3), 1063-1080.
Mueller, J. S., Melwani, S., & Goncalo, J. A. (2012). The bias against creativity: Why people desire but reject creative ideas. Psychological science, 23(1), 13-17.