This doesn’t come as much of a surprise to me. I learned early on how to spot guys who had something to prove. During my freshman year of college, the straight boys on my hall in the dorm used to have this impromptu contest to see who had the loudest stereo. They’d turn up the volume and then stand in their doorways grinning at each other. Of course, I’d seen them in the shower. I knew what the contest was really about, and I knew there wasn’t a winner among them.
So, why should I be surprised that guys who support war and drive SUVs have…uh…"challenged masculinity"?
Men whose masculinity is challenged become more inclined to support war or buy an SUV, a new study finds.
Their attitudes against gays change, too.
Cornell University researcher Robb Willer used a survey to sample undergraduates. Participants were randomly assigned feedback that indicated their responses were either masculine of feminine.
The women had no discernable reaction to either type of feedback in a follow-up survey.
But the guys’ reactions were "strongly affected," Willer said today.
"I found that if you made men more insecure about their masculinity, they displayed more homophobic attitudes, tended to support the Iraq war more and would be more willing to purchase an SUV over another type of vehicle," said Willer said. "There were no increases [in desire] for other types of cars."
Like I said, being a gay man I learned early on how to spot guys who have "something to prove," and in a unique position to know just how much some of them are compensating.
My experience has been that straight guys who are secure in their masculinity and/or orientation, aren’t the least bit bothered by having a gay guy around. The one’s who get nervous, usually have issues of their own to work out. And the really loud ones? Well, Shakespeare had a line for them. "Methinks the lady doth protest too much."