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Bicep Size & Political Belief

According to a new study published in the journal of Psychological Science, men with bigger biceps tend to more self-interested politically than men with more modest arms. To test the correlation between gun size and political beliefs, the researchers asked subjects questions about the redistribution of wealth in the country.  They found that “men with upper body strength feel more entitled to advantageous outcomes.”

In addition to bicep size, they took socioeconomic status into consideration, keeping in mind that “wealthy people don’t necessarily vote conservative and poor people don’t necessarily vote liberal.” What they found was that these two factors in combination made it way easier to predict a man’s political stance. Men with big biceps and more money tended to oppose the spread of wealth while men with smaller biceps and less money were in favor of redistribution.

Imagine that!

But what about that poor men with bulging biceps? How heavily do they want to be taxed? “If you are poor, greater strength is associated with greater support for redistribution. You could think of labor unions — there is strength in numbers — and that’s where strength would play out in the domain of low resources,” explained UC Santa Barbara evolutionary psychologist Daniel Sznycer, one of the authors of the study.

And as you might have guessed, there was no such correlation between bicep size and politics for women. Although, after this, women are going to have to start paying a lot more attention to the arms of any men they may vote into office. Not that that’s a bad thing. Now seems like an appropriate moment for me to state Obama’s biceps have always looked pretty good to me. Same with Michelle’s. [LA Times]

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