Are Muscle Men More Sexist Toward Women?
Living 2012/06/26 16:54:11
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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