Conservative men physically stronger

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Over many years, the argument has been put forward that progressives are more intelligent than conservatives. In fact, popular culture assumes that conservatives have conservative views because they are either one of two things: stupid, bad or both.1024px-Tony_Abbott_competing_in_the_Lake_to_Lagoon_in_Wagga_Wagga

This article [link to: Study links low intelligence with right-wing beliefs] is a classical example of the slap-dash research arguing that conservatives as not just ill-informed, but downright Dumb.

However, a 2012 survey of social psychologists in America found a fourteen-to-one ratio of Democrat to Republican voters.

Link to: Is social psychology biased against Republicans?

Given this stacking-of-the-deck it is difficult not to conclude that there is some kind of confirmation bias in these studies, which only serve to reinforce the views of the researchers, as well as reflecting the presently dominant view in popular culture and those constantly espoused in the progressive media.

What is rather interesting are studies recently carried out by researchers at Denmark’s Aarhus University and the University of California that found that men with “strong upper body strength are more likely to vote conservative while physically weaker males have a greater tendency towards left-leaning views.”

“The scientists say men’s upper body strength predicts and influences their political opinions and this link reflects psychological traits that evolved in response to our early ancestral environments and continue to influence behaviour today.”
It will be interesting to see if there is any truth to the conclusions found in this research, or whether it reflects the same kind of confirmation bias in other studies which ought to be taken with a grain of salt.

Until then, I’ll arm wrestle you for it.

Link to:

Strong men likely to have right-wing views

  • Chooie

    Perhaps conservative governments should subsidize gym memberships and men’s health initiatives to help improve their election results. Help weak men become stronger and more conservative, and help prevent strong conservative men from getting sick and becoming less conservative.

  • haha!!

    Not a bad idea.

    I’ll suggest it to Tony the next time I see him.

  • Chooie

    Would this type of program be inline with conservative values though?

  • In response to your second comment, Chooie, well played, well played indeed.

    Perhaps instead, a conservative government should foster a society and culture which encourages men to go to the gym off their own bat.

    This would not necessarily require extra funding, just a shift in focus and carefully constructed rhetoric. For example, domestic violence programs could emphasise the importance that strong men, not just in the physical sense but also with regard to character, can play in protecting women, and influencing other men to treat women with respect.

    With regard to education, there could be more understanding that boys work differently to girls, and need an environment which fosters boisterous behaviour, while simultaneously providing strong boundaries and strong male role models.

  • Chooie

    You just proposed another He for She style program. I didn’t know you XYZ guys were feminists, LOL.

  • Yes I realised that after I said it lol! I wouldn’t like to play chess against you.

  • I’ve felt slightly perplexed when feminists say they need men to come on board to make a change. Doesn’t that just presume that women are dependent on men? Confusing…

  • Konstantin

    This will come in handy during the “door to door” campaign. Few will have courage to go into the “conservative” neighborhoods. 

  • hahaha…. Absolutely 😉