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Are Muscle Men More Sexist Toward Women?

Living 2012/06/26 16:54:11
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Ladies, you might admire that guy at the gym for his burly biceps and pecs, but he might not be as dreamy as he looks. Men who are obsessed with beefing up their muscles are more likely to be sexist, new research finds, according to LiveScience.



"We think men who hold oppressive beliefs about women and gender equality are also more likely to endorse traditional stereotypes of masculinity, which includes the muscular physique," study researcher Viren Swarmi, of the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom, told LiveScience.

So why are gym rats more likely to be hostile toward women? Swarmi said it may be a reaction to changing gender roles. "In societies where patriarchal structures are being challenged, some men may seek to reassert their masculinity by enhancing their physiques," the scientist said.

Meanwhile, researchers suspect that men who engage in this kind of thinking may be suffering from negative body image themselves. They're also more likely to go for skinny girls: past research has found that men who hold stronger oppressive beliefs are more likely to find thinner women attractive. Doesn't exactly sound like Mr. Right ...
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  • wutever 2012/06/27 16:38:16
    Yes
    wutever
    To a certain point
  • TheBadOne 2012/06/27 16:36:14 (edited)
    No
    TheBadOne
    +1
    If muscle men go for skinny women, does that indicate a sexist man or does that indicate a shared interest? If she's skinny, she probably works out, too. Also, if the guy works out, he may have a macho kinda job (like a trench digger, body shop mechanic, or shop foreman.). In that event, there's probably no women around, thus fueling the macho behavior less out of sexism and moreso out of camaraderie. As for anecdotal evidence, my big buff stepdad married my thick mom and had always been respectful. Don't let my mom know I just called her thick lol.
  • Lee 2012/06/27 16:36:07
    No
    Lee
    +1
    Seems to me one can find sexists with any body type.
  • Candace Washington 2012/06/27 16:35:29
    Yes
    Candace Washington
    not always i don't think, but hey stereotypes come from somewhere
  • daughterofwolverine2020 2012/06/27 16:34:37
    Yes
    daughterofwolverine2020
    I love it
  • Jose Hernandez 2012/06/27 16:30:14
    No
    Jose Hernandez
    +2
    It's just body image . Has nothing to do with beliefs
  • becky 2012/06/27 16:22:42
    Yes
    becky
    sometimes?
  • Kevin1111 2012/06/27 16:16:21
    No
    Kevin1111
    +1
    Dear Sodahead, Please stop with all the questions about "is X sexist?" You've heard of race-bating? This is gender-baiting. Just stop.
  • wutever Kevin1111 2012/06/27 16:37:43
    wutever
    If it bothers you so much than dont answer the question
  • TruXter Kevin1111 2012/06/27 17:14:28
    TruXter
    +1
    Soda head polls are user generated.
  • Kevin1111 TruXter 2012/06/28 03:23:29
    Kevin1111
    This one is by Sodahead Living, i.e. Sodahead staff.
  • TruXter Kevin1111 2012/06/28 14:49:00
    TruXter
    Do you say this because his name has sodahead in it ?
    Because you know.... People have made fake accounts on the internet for a long time, it's kind of become acceptable.
  • Kevin1111 TruXter 2012/07/01 21:53:26
    Kevin1111
    +1
    This is from the website. They have Sodahead staff that make these. Most of the polls on the homepage are from staff and are not user generated.
  • John T. 2012/06/27 16:12:01
    No
    John T.
    +1
    Who wants a man that spends more time in the gem looking at himself than working to support the love of his life?
  • Doctor 2012/06/27 15:48:24
    Yes
    Doctor
    +1
    Stupid jocks! NERDS RULE!!! DFTBA
  • NancyR1 2012/06/27 15:46:04
    Yes
    NancyR1
    But not always...give me a quick wit and great sense of humor for the long haul fun and companionship!
  • Kingarthurup 2012/06/27 15:37:58
    No
    Kingarthurup
    +1
    Depends on which muscle we are talking about.
  • tinaje 2012/06/27 15:36:15
    Yes
    tinaje
    People know their own bodies, it's just about staying tone, eating & being healthy!
  • bettyboop 2012/06/27 15:34:08
    No
    bettyboop
    +2
    I never did look at a guys muscles. What attracts me to a man is his personality and his ability to act decent.
  • matthew gilchrist 2012/06/27 15:31:57
    No
    matthew gilchrist
    donno
  • wpsegura 2012/06/27 15:28:57
    No
    wpsegura
    1) they are not al gay how stupid. 2) you can't generalize be cause a few jerk were sexist. 3) this is a stupid question
  • Alex Catgirl 2012/06/27 15:28:34
    Yes
    Alex Catgirl
    I blame it on roid rage. Just say NO....those drugs shirk what counts btw.
  • kepowell 2012/06/27 15:27:41
    No
    kepowell
    They may have bigger egos, with good reason, but I don't think they are more sexist. My favorite lover of my life had the best body ever! He was really fun, was a cheer leader in high school (how gay!) and became a male stripper in his 20s but by far had the sexiest, muscular body. He was never sexist in any way. He LOVED women.. their bodies and their minds.
  • alex 2012/06/27 15:19:01
    Yes
    alex
    There really sexist and think there "studs" but really there just pigs/ whores. And they think they can call girls sluts. Witch they can't. There sick.
  • Elizabeth 2012/06/27 15:06:37
    Yes
    Elizabeth
    +1
    But not TOO muscular, I don't like scrawny (in fact I hate scrawny) but I don't like too much of a bodybuilder either. I like it average with some muscle in it. ;)
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/06/27 15:05:00
  • Cocktails 2012/06/27 15:03:53
    No
    Cocktails
    Most of them are pretty insecure which is why they start body building to begin with, so when women start to look at them and admire them, it goes right to their heads. They are so overjoyed with the new attention that they get, that most become extremely promiscuous.
  • Kibbles Cocktails 2012/06/27 15:05:58
    Kibbles
    +1
    With me I will admit it is nice to get nicer looks from girls my age that didn't even know I existed before. As for promiscuity I'm not sure seeing as I've never done the deed.
  • RicksterBear 2012/06/27 15:01:10
    No
    RicksterBear
    Not necessarily. They may be more stuck up than others, but not necessarily sexist.
  • Jess 2012/06/27 14:53:16
  • kepowell Jess 2012/06/27 15:29:14
    kepowell
    Ew
  • NYOD 2012/06/27 14:50:59
    Yes
    NYOD
    Most comments ignore the nature of this study. It is talking about TENDENCY-to-be "sexist." The article isn't about FIT men who work out vs NON-FIT. The implied definition of "muscle men" are some obsessive types whom all of us have seen while we are all working out. There clearly is a "dominance tendency" in a large number of these males, but I would add that the domineering may not be limited to women, but to men also . . . to a lesser, but real extent.
  • ryu 2012/06/27 14:47:01
    Yes
    ryu
    +3
    no offence to ladies,but aren't size zero women the same too?:))
  • Kibbles ryu 2012/06/27 15:06:23
    Kibbles
    Its a two edged sword mate.
  • Shadow Warrior 2012/06/27 14:46:26
    No
    Shadow Warrior
    +1
    I look at all the Republican pundits on Foxnews and they're mostly whimpy whussies who engage in demeaning females through religion or some other man made philosophy.
  • zardoz oz 2012/06/27 14:45:18
    No
    zardoz oz
    Yeah, right ... blah blah blah blah, split in two part = blah blah ... Where is the science?
  • Gothpirate 2012/06/27 14:44:22
    No
    Gothpirate
    Undecided I don't know many so I can't give an opinion
  • shansera 2012/06/27 14:43:06
    No
    shansera
    +3
    I was married to a body builder for 13 years. When we first met I thought he would probably be a sexist jerk, but fun to "show off" to my friends. Well I was TOTALLY mistaken! He was a total gentlemen. He was amazing. However,lots of his "gym" friends were very macho men!
  • Kibbles 2012/06/27 14:38:54
    No
    Kibbles
    Men who work out aren't all sexist. It doesn't matter if they guy is a scrawny puke or a well built athlete he can still be sexist. Gotta say though, I get can understand why this is thought, when some guys workout they tend to get a little cocky.
  • kraftymomma1979 2012/06/27 14:36:13
    No
    kraftymomma1979
    I have noticed that most of them are more protective of women and children. I don't consider that sexist. I consider that being a gentleman.

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