Study finds physically weak men favor socialism

A study, led by UK Brunel University London psychologist Dr. Michael Price, found that physically weaker men are more in favor of socialism (“social and economic equality”) than stronger men.

The study by Michael Price, Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington (London School of Economics), psychologist James Sidnaius (Harvard U.), and psychologist Nicholas Pound (Brunel U. London), “Is sociopolitical egalitarianism related to bodily and facial formidability in men?,” is published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, 38:5 (September 2017), pp. 626-634.

Citing prior research showing several aspects of male face shape and appearance, such as height-to-width ratio, to be linked to ability to compete for resources in the modern world, the Brunel study employed the following methodology:

  • A sample of 171 men, aged 18-40: 98% were students; 51% White, 25% Asian, 11% Black, 6% mixed, and 6% other.
  • These information were collected from the men: their height, weight, waist size, flexed and relaxed muscle circumference, hand grip, and arm and chest strength.
  • The men were also surveyed on how often they go to the gym, their wealth, whether they support the redistribution of wealth, and whether they approve of the idea that some social groups should have dominance over others (“social dominance orientation”).
  • Independent raters were asked to rate the men’s dominance and attractiveness.
  • Researchers also used software to analyze the men’s faces in terms of the masculinity of their shape.

As the study puts it:

Our study tested … 171 men, using two sociopolitical egalitarianism measures: social dominance orientation and support for redistribution. Predictors included bodily formidability and attractiveness and four facial measures (attractiveness, dominance, masculinity, and width-to-height ratio). We also controlled for time spent lifting weights, and experimentally manipulated self-perceived formidability in an attempt to influence egalitarianism.

Findings:

  • The study found a significant positive correlation (r[168] = 0.22, p = 0.004) between men with higher “bodily formidability” (upper body muscularity and strength) and social dominance orientation (SDO). SDO is the most widely-used index of support for social inequality in social and political psychology. In other words, the more muscular the men, the more likely is the belief that social groups are not equal.
  • The study found a significant negative correlation (r[169] = − 0.19, p = 0.012) between “bodily formidability” and support for wealth redistribution. In other words, physically weaker men were more likely to favor socialism.
  • The study found some negative correlation between the number of hours spent in the gym and support for socioeconomic equality, as well as between wealth and support for egalitarianism. However, “bodily formirability” is the best predictor of sociopolitical egalitarianism.
  • The study did not find significant correlations between SDO or support for redistribution and either bodily attractiveness (waist-chest ratio) or any of the facial measures of attractiveness, dominance, fWHR (facial width-to-heigh ratio), and masculinity.

Lead author Price said:

“We believe that this link between perceived formidability and egalitarianism could be explained in a number of ways. It could be the result of men calibrating their egalitarianism to their own formidability. It could be the case that less egalitarian men strive harder to become muscular. Or there could be a third variable at play affecting both egalitarianism and muscularity.

Our results suggest that wealthier men who are more formidable physically are more likely to oppose redistribution of wealth. Essentially, they seem more motivated to defend their resources. But less wealthy men who are still physically formidable don’t seem more inclined to support redistribution either. They’re not demanding a share of the wealth.

A key question for future research might be whether certain personality traits, such as narcissism or a drive for dominance, might be related to both muscle-striving and inegalitarianism.”

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Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

This study is not surprising. I actually realized some years ago that it was a fact that men who are not “a man’s man” were much more inclined to be liberal, and wanting to have access to social welfare programs. I think there is something ingrained in them that they internally know that they do not “measure up” in society and therefore, they personally need the help of the group in order to survive. I believe that back in time, before government welfare came into play–men had no choice, they were expected to take care of their families . .… Read more »

Watertender
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Auntie Lulu, 2 very powerful motivators in my life were cold and hunger. I experienced both in my youth and vowed to never live that way again. I have never drawn a day of unemployment and have worked more than 1 job many times to pay my way. Nobody ever gave me anything but a hard time and that was given all too freely more than once. By all means people genuinely needing public assistance should be helped but not those just too damn lazy to want to take care of themselves. A hand up is not wrong but a… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Watertender . . . I think that many, many of us who are not of these younger generations before the time of “giving everyone a trophy for just showing up,” just felt that come Hell or high water we had to perform, that was what was expected. You are obviously an example of what “a quintessential man should be.” Bravo to you. . . . if only we had more of you.

John S
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John S

Replace the word physical with emotional and you get the same result.

DCG
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Makes perfect sense to me. And it’s not surprising either.

Alma
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Alma

Yup, and that goes for transgenders, queers and so forth, and butch/women they want to show they are tough!

William
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William

With the advent of feminism and the generalized unmanning of men has come an increase in a dependent mindset, a turning to The State to provide false equality. Concurrent with a rise in whinyness and wimpishness. I wonder sometimes that my politics used to be radical leftist but back in the day it was more of a “Revolution for the Hell of it” thing. As I grew and matured I came back to my true nature, conservative and Christian. Then again I’m 6′ 3″ and 230 pounds so, if this study’s conclusions are correct, you could say I was “born… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Oh! William . . . please don’t castigate those who take the opportunity to weight in on “the Piglett.” First and foremost the Piglett is a liar and a fraud. Go back in time and think about it, the very first report he gave relative to the shooting was . . . . “I was AT HOME when I heard the shots, I grabbed my bike and rode as far as I could to get to the school . . . .” From then on the story was, I hid in a closet and took down the stories of all… Read more »

William
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William

That was just sarc on my part Lulu. I don’t seem to have access to a sarc emoji. He is everything you say plus a traitor to his country. He’s also an adult and therefore responsible for his words and actions. Pig Boy deserves everything bad that happens to him. Zero sympathy from me

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

William . . . Thank you so much for clarifying that. I thought that it was “out of character” for you to state something like that. Very glad to be reassured that we are of like mind, as I value your comments so much.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Well, Piglet puts HIMSELF out there. He’s like your friend’s Chihuahua who attaches itself to your ankle and won’t let go until you launch him across the room.

I think that if I were a (((Tribalist))) hooked on world domination, I wouldn’t want any “manly men” chasing me either. No, they would rather have armies of soy boys mincing and keening at them.

If somebody would have boarded up the door to the basement and kicked them outside when they were young you wouldn’t see as many losers as we do today.

Steven Broiles
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I am wondering what Dr. Seuss book David Hogg escaped from! He sure LOOKS the part!
And thanks for remembering the scene of Bernie running away from Alex Jones! It’s a real hoot!

Socialism = Institutionalized Envy!

William
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William

The Grinch Who Tried to Steal the Second Amendment. One of his lesser known books

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Thank you for reminding us about “Institutionalized Envy.” That certain correctly names this malady.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

With period clothing he’d be “Ichabod Crane”.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

As I look at that particular picture of the Piglett (and I mean this is all honestness) to me his face has qualities similar to a rodent, particularly the scrunched up nose, and small beady eyes. In this instance I am not attempting to harass him . . . . this is just what I see when looking at that picture.

Steven Broiles
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Hogg is Mr. Alcoholic Fetal Syndrome Baby!

William
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William

Hoggy looks like someone pis*ed in his lemonade and he just took a big gulp

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yep, peed in his lemonade and shat in his Wheaties.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I think young Master Hogg has tailor issues and they keep pinching his ovaries.

William
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William

And his vaginitis flares up whenever he has to give a speech

Lophatt
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Lophatt

It makes his nose run and his girlfriend’s hair fall out.

willford
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willford

You mean PUSS*EHS? physically weak? Little punkettes??? MAMA’s little lap boi’s?? Parents need to PUSH them OUTSIDE! Let them GET exercise. DO IT for the BOYS! Not to be boi’s!

kjf
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kjf

I am not a weak man. I favor socialism, national socialism Feder style.

Our diversity is (((their))) strength just as our “rugged individualism” mentality only strengthens the (((enemy))) since we are too busy to unite