PUBLIC OPINION > Muscle Men Tend to Be Sexist Toward Women
SodaHead Living 2012/06/27 13:00:00
According to LiveScience, recent studies have shown that guys who bulk up at the gym are more likely to be sexist. A University of Westminster researcher explained, "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." We wanted to know if the public agrees with that statement.
Sadly, it appears to be true. Based on public opinion, muscle-bound men are more likely to be sexist toward women. Many suggested the reason for this isn't particularly because they "endorse stereotypes," but because they're too self-absorbed, which leads to insensitivity. On the other hand, some suggested the question itself borders on sexism, because it generalizes a group. Obviously, not all macho men are sexist. But most people are going to be skeptical.
Women Warn Against Them
It's kind of hard to take a man's word for it since guys are observing these muscle men second-hand -- or are those muscle men themselves, in which case the opinion is probably skewed. But many women have first-hand experience with macho men, either through dating them or being approached by them, and women are even more convinced that buff guys are sexist.
Not a Problem in Your 30s
The age breakdown was a little odd on this one. The highest (18-24) and lowest (25-34) voting percentages were adjacent to each other, even though most of the breakdown seemed to follow a pattern. The real break was in the 25-34 group, where voters were far less likely to assume bodybuilders were sexist. Could be a fluke, or it could mean that people in that age range are more intrigued by the physique.
Slender and Suspicious
Unfortunately, the sample size for body builders was too small to draw from, though the result was predictably dismissive. The rest of the body types voted similarly -- about split -- except for the skinniest demographic, which was about 10% more likely to believe muscle men are sexist.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll about muscle men. We'd love to hear from you!
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