Growing up with sisters is inclined to make you a Republican? And Conservative? Excuse me?!?
A team of researchers from Loyola Marymount University and Stanford Graduate School of Business report in the LA Times their study has led them to conclude that men raised with sisters in the house tend to be conservative in all things gender-related for the rest of their lives, and are likely to consider themselves Republican when they are in high school.
They claim boys with only sisters were 13.5% more conservative when it came to their views on women’s roles than boys who had only brothers.
You know I definitely believe men are a good influence on men,” Harris County Republican Party Chairman Jared Woodfill told KTRH News. “But I don’t think that’s a determinative factor with respect to someone determining their political affiliation.”
Marriage and Family therapist Julie Nise finds the entire premise of the research laughable. “They show their hand when they said their original presupposition for this was that boys would support gender equity if they grew up with sisters. And anyone raised with the opposite sex knows that holy-crap – that’s not true!”
Researchers suggest, without evidence, that perhaps as children these boys don’t share in traditional domestic chores like doing the dishes and cleaning the bathroom, and that influences how they see women as they grow into adulthood.
The new study is a compilation of earlier study statistics of the same people produced in 1965, 1973, 1985, and 1997 to evaluate their changes over time. They conclude that male stereo-typing of females begins with their childhood environment.
“This study began in 1965, when traditional roles were way more prevalent than they are now,” Julie Nise adds. “So the fact that from the 1960’s that these guys grow up in more traditional values – the ‘duh’ factor would be pretty high.”
“Well there’s a reason it’s called the left coast,” says Woodfill. “Because it’s the liberal left, and this is another example of liberal junk science.”