Wednesday, August 03, 2005

News roundup

This, from a recent study at Cornell, is pretty funny:

"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"

Some other news items that might interest my male readers, and which are behind a subscriber wall so I can't link to them: the average man can bench-press only twenty pounds, is worse than you at football, and has a three-inch penis. Now give the Democrats some money and buy a Prius.

Via Amanda.

Update: As usual, Matt Yglesias has some interesting thoughts on the issue, especially on how diametrically opposed foreign policy positions can be coded as masculine.

2 comments:

Julian Elson said...

Priuses get a lot of press, and deservedly so, but if you want a car now, there're long waiting lists (my father is on one now). If you want a hybrid (of course, you could get a modified diesel-Jetta or something to run of used grease, if that's your style instead of a hybrid), then you could get a Honda Civic or Insight hybrid (Honda Accord hybrids are fine, but they basically use the greater efficiency of hybrid engines to boost power while maintaining fuel economy, rather than boosting fuel economy while maintaining power).

The "challenged machismo" results are pretty funny. I'm skeptical about them, but it does have a certain ring of truth.

Mary said...

Full disclosure: I live in an auto manufacturing town in an auto manufacturing state, and many of my relatives, including my husband, work for the industry. There is some stereotyping about SUV drivers; in my little part of the world, people don't drive them to feel more "manly" (especially the women) but they use them to haul yard and building materials back & forth because they do most of their own home maintenance and improvement, haul kids in carpools, take their families camping,help their friends move, move their kids back and forth from college, and to feel safer in a place where one is almost required to drive, and the weather is often treacherous. They function much like the station wagon of old.