WOMEN
05/08/2013 10:42 am ET Updated May 09, 2013

Do Readers Judge Female Characters More Harshly Than Male Characters?

Alamy

John is ambitious, driven, and intelligent. He works for a high-profile consulting firm and sits on the advisory board of a political think tank. Hold him in your mind's eye, and ask yourself a question: In the absence of other information, would you want to be friends with him? Now, let's just change for a moment John's name to Joan. Repeat the same exercise. Would you want to be friends with her?

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