Pete Lee

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

That one suspicion about guys who drive Hummers confirmed, empirically.

It's official. (from today's Wired.com)

Real Men Drive Compacts
Men who feel anxious about their masculinity are more likely to support war, buy SUVs and be hostile to gays, according to a new study from Cornell University. Robb Willer, a sociology doctoral candidate at Cornell, gave men and women a gender-identity survey in which they received feedback saying that their answers were either masculine or feminine. Women's responses weren't affected by this feedback, but men whose manliness was threatened reacted strongly. "I found that if you made men more insecure about their masculinity, they displayed more homophobic attitudes, tended to support the Iraq war more and would be more willing to purchase an SUV over another type of vehicle," Willer said. He plans a follow-up study on men's attitudes about violence toward women, and another to see if testosterone levels are a factor.
-- Debra Jones

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