April 21, 2004

IT'S REIGNING MEN:

Bush's testosterone problem (Maggie Gallagher, April 20, 2004, Townhall)

Testosterone, Steven Rhoads points out in his forthcoming book, Taking Sex Differences Seriously, creates a "loner profile."

Animal studies find the "tremendous increase in oxytocin at puberty drives both sexual behavior and attachment in females, (but) it increases sexual drive without increasing the drive for pair bonding in males." Differences in men and women in aggression and in response to threat of violence are ubiquitous. "(M)en see aggression as functional, while women see it as problematic. For women, the relationship costs seem too high, and they are more likely to fear retaliation." Moreover, "sex differences in fear of physical danger are pervasive."

All of which may go far to explain some of the latest poll results cited by political analyst (and columnist) Dick Morris. By a huge margin (51 percent to 36 percent), men say the United States is safer than it was before Sept. 11. Women are split (41 percent safer, 42 percent less safe). Forced to choose between "letting terrorists know we will fight back aggressively" or "working with other nations," men opt for aggression 53 percent to 41 percent, while women opt for diplomacy by the reverse margin (54 percent to 36 percent).


Isn't that less George Bush's problem than part of the general problem with universal suffrage?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 21, 2004 8:35 AM
Comments

The wife and I have had this arguement since 9-11. She wants everyone to get along and doesn't support attacking other countries. You see the same thing at the playground where (most) boys will fight back while (most) girls try to talk about things. Simply wired differently.

Posted by: AWW at April 21, 2004 8:57 AM

I remember reading lots of stories in the first year or so after 9-11 that women were actually MORE hawkish than men. It was usually attributed to a sort of mother-bear reaction, where when cornered the mama is much more vicious than the papa, although normally that's not the case. Presumably any such effect is long worn off, though...

Posted by: brian at April 21, 2004 1:31 PM

My wife would have preferred to turn Libya to North Korea into a glass parking lot after 9/11.

Posted by: Rick T. at April 21, 2004 4:50 PM

Rick:

She would have had to stand behind my wife in line to push the button.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at April 21, 2004 9:10 PM
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