Men whose masculinity is challenged become more inclined to support war or buy an SUV, a new study finds.
Their attitudes against gays change, too.
Of course, this isn't news to women. It's plain as day that men tend to get more aggressive when they're feeling insecure.
"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," said Willer said. "There were no increases [in desire] for other types of cars."
Those who had their masculinity threatened also said they felt more ashamed, guilty, upset and hostile than those whose masculinity was confirmed, he said.
In other words, guys, maybe you should pay more attention to when Bush and Rush and DeLay start trying to rouse you with fear. They want you afraid, because they're counting on you to sign off on whatever aggressive posture they take.
Via The Countess.