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Sunday, May 28, 2006

War Sissies 

"Men whose masculinity is challenged become more inclined to support war or buy an SUV, a new study finds." The researcher challenged some male participants' masculinity by giving them feedback suggesting their responses were rather effeminate. They then continued with the questions ...

"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. "There were no increases [in desire] for other types of cars."

Of course, as with all such studies, the reader must first reflect soberly on the many ramifications and not simply go off half-cocked and assert that pro-war journalists and talking heads are really acting out of a feeling of inadequacy. A thorough examination of one's own motives and beliefs might be in order. After all, who among us is without blemish? Etc?

However, it's no doubt the case.


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