Study Suggests That Wimpier Men Hold Liberal Views
In evolutionary terms, liberal men are acting like women who need protection, both physically and psychologically (hey, don’t start the misogynist yammering, that’s the way it was for the human species, in general terms, for much of our pre-history)
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.
I’m not so sure that using a picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger is the best example, but he certainly held some right side views. The study isn’t perfect, though
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: ‘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.’
The study was primarily done along the lines of redistribution, and we find that liberal men tend to be weaker both physically (upper body strength) and mentally, and want someone to take care of them, with data collected from United States, Argentina and Denmark, and were published in the journal Psychological Science.
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.’
So, liberal men are essentially wimpy.
The study has no bearing on whether women will be right or left side.