Left wing men are wimps compared to right wing males?

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baseballMen who are physically strong are more likely to have right wing political views

DailyMail: Men who are physically strong are more likely to take a right wing political stance, while weaker men are inclined to support  the welfare state, according to a new study.
Researchers discovered political motivations may have evolutionary links to physical strength. Men’s upper-body strength predicts their political opinions on economic redistribution, according to the  research.
The principal investigators – psychological  scientists Michael Bang Petersen, of Aarhus University in Denmark, and Daniel Sznycer, of the University of California in the U.S., believe that the link may reflect psychological traits that evolved in response to our early ancestral environments and continue to influence behaviour today.
Professor Petersen said: ‘While many think of  politics as a modern phenomenon, it has – in a sense – always been with our  species.’ In the days of our early ancestors, decisions about the distribution of resources were not made in courthouses or legislative offices, but through shows of strength.
With this in mind, Professor Petersen and Professor Sznycer hypothesised that upper-body strength – a proxy for the ability to physically defend or acquire resources – would predict men’s opinions about the redistribution of wealth.
The researchers collected data on bicep size, socio-economic status, and support for economic redistribution from hundreds of people in the United States, Argentina and Denmark.
In line with their hypotheses, the data revealed that wealthy men with high upper-body strength were less likely to support redistribution, while less wealthy men of the same strength were more likely to support it.
Professor Petersen said: ‘Despite the fact that the United States, Denmark and Argentina have very different welfare  systems, we still see that – at the psychological level – individuals reason about welfare redistribution in the same way.
‘In all three countries, physically strong males consistently pursue the self-interested position on redistribution.’ Men with low upper-body strength, on the other hand, were less likely to support their own self-interest. Wealthy men of this group showed less resistance to redistribution, while poor men showed less support.
Professor Petersen said: ‘Our results demonstrate that physically weak males are more reluctant than physically strong males to assert their self-interest – just as if disputes over national policies  were a matter of direct physical confrontation among small numbers of  individuals, rather than abstract electoral dynamics among  millions.’
However, the researchers found no link  between upper-body strength and redistribution opinions among women.  Professor Petersen argued that this is likely  due to the fact that, over the course of evolutionary history, women had less to  gain, and also more to lose, from engaging in direct physical aggression.
He said, together, the results indicate that an evolutionary perspective may help to illuminate political motivations, at least those of men. Professor Petersen added: ‘Many previous  studies have shown that people’s political views cannot be predicted by standard economic models.
‘This is among the first studies to show that political views may be rational in another sense, in that they’re designed by natural selection to function in the conditions recurrent over human evolutionary history.’
The findings were published in the journal  Psychological Science.
I don’t know if this is generally true yet found this article kind of interesting. Who knew, left wing liberal men support the welfare state? Exactly what Obama is turning America into.

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0 responses to “Left wing men are wimps compared to right wing males?

  1. Makes sense to me!
    Betcha there are also biological and psychological differences between left and right women as well.

  2. Great work DCG!
    I do wonder also if these upper strength men are more likely to protect family as well. IE protect mom, children, not take someone being disrespectful, military background, and so on.
    Someone made a comment on the site about women still seek alpha males. I found the comment interesting. Here’s a another blog that was written along the same lines but took a look at women’s attitudes towards men.
    My husband still tells me I am different from other women. Maybe that is why alpha males still approach me? Sometimes I don’t get it. Maybe I never will? (laughs at self)

  3. A picture is worth a thousand words. Great post!

  4. Did Jerry Springer catch that shot for an upcoming show entitled ” Left-winged pansies will remove right-wing fantasies ? It sounded good , have some laughs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Heck, yeah!

  6. Same here, Dr. E! I had five sons, their Daddy was 6’3″, our youngest and tallest is 6’4″, four out of the five were 6’2″ tall and over – and I can say for a fact that there’s not a wimp among them! When I look at BO – well, I just can’t look!

  7. that pic makes obama look sort of gay

  8. This is why the left is working feverishly to poosify our America.

  9. I guess the brains of these Right Wing hulks are located somewhere in their torsos if that is the way you can tell how people think. Where are the brains of the emaciated Left Wingers? Distributing what wealth?
    No jobs, no production, lousy education and healthcare, homelessness and bankruptcy? There is no wealth being produced because the human productive economy has been dismantled and their are no jobs for the youth.
    How can we be concerned with the non existent wealth being distributed by these beefy types or disapated by those squirts? Let’s stick to the ideas of the founding fathers who were all about the general welfare………………..
    and another thing, whatever happened to “in God we trust”?
    Without a vision the people perish, we need some serious Revelators!

  10. mamas,dont let your babies grow up to be lefty liberals.

  11. Except that, by the time someone has become wealthy (unless it’s inherited wealth) their upper body strength is a product of their lifestyle and decisions made, rather than any innate strength. Perhaps these men were bullied as children and felt the need to bulk up to be able to defend themselves, and are nurturing a bitterness and resentment towards their former oppressors, and jealously guard their possessions, having been previously deprived of them. It’s as valid a hypothesis as the Professors’.


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