The purpose of this study was to explore the perception of aggression for males and females related to physical and relational aggression. Physical aggression is more common in males and relational aggression is more common in females. These differences have promoted stereotypes of inappropriate actions or men and women. Identifying the inequalities that individuals have when judging between the sexes is important in trying to create equality and fairness within society. One hundred ninety-three individuals were liven one of four scenarios. The scenarios involved either physical or relational aggression between two men or two women. Results generally indicated that women were rated more harshly than men regardless of aggression type and that relational aggression was rated more harshly than physical aggression. We conclude that the societal expectation that women are more passive and the emphasis on reputation within society were influencing factors in these results.

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