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Why Boys With Sisters Are More Likely To Be Republicans

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Formaldehyde, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    Boys with Sisters become Republicans

    What do you think of this study? Do you think families can offset the effect by having male children help mom with her chores, even if they have female siblings?

    Or is it another indication that males should properly learn their sexual roles in childhood by not helping their mother with her chores so they don't become egalitarian as adults, regardless of whether or not they have sisters?
     
  2. timtofly

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    I was the oldest of 6 and I had to do chores, probably the brunt of them, at least it seemed like that. My two sisters were 2 and 7 years younger than I, and it was not until 12th grade that I got a brake. So I was forced to see how gender roles have no effect when it comes to chores, or political views. My wife does everything and most of the complaining. So I am probably a rebel also, which may skew things somewhat.

    I think that my three youngest brothers may fit the bill nicely though.
     
  3. Puck Nutty

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    Well, it's not surprising that having sisters makes it harder to objectify women, thus leading to more conservative attitudes towards sexuality.

    However, my experience has been that sisters make damn sure that their brothers show respect to women. Expecting my sister to make my lunch and do my laundry would have never happened. Ever.

    Then again, I'm Canadian. So, maybe my experiences don't apply.
     
  4. bhsup

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    Three brothers, no sisters. Suck it, sociologists.
     
  5. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    Just imagine how conservative you would have been if you didn't help mom with her chores. You did, right?
     
  6. bhsup

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    Of course I did. Though I do feel in the interest of full disclosure, mom is by far the most conservative member of our family, and by far the most devoutly practicing religious person too. It was she that instilled in me that women should not teach men in church, should not be preachers, etc. Really, if you think I'm conservative in any way, you should meet ma :D
     
  7. nerdfighter13

    nerdfighter13 Prince of the Universe

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    I have a sister, but it seems that I do more chores of all kinds. I also haven't developed the attitudes mentioned in the article, but maybe it is the way my parents raised me.
     
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    I'm on a mobile, so I didn't read the whole thing, but does his say more about the parents than the children? It's the parents who assign chores, so if a brother sees all his sisters doing dishes and folding laundry the cause isn't the gender of his siblings, it's the parents who delegate the household duties.

    Am I missing something here??
     
  9. AlpsStranger

    AlpsStranger Jump jump on the tiger!

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    I have two sisters and no brothers. My older sister is vastly more conservative on gender issues than I am, and my younger sister is vastly more liberal on gender issues than I am.

    Paraphrasing/exaggerating:

    Older sister: "You need to be more of a man sometimes. I'm not trying to be mean, but it's true."

    Younger sister: "Gender is a purely social construct and I'm going to encourage any son I have to wear dresses."
     
  10. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    Yet another stupid "trend" that I buck. My sister and I traded chores that had no direct causer (like washing dishes and taking out the garbage/compost), for the rest it was simply whoever caused it, like a mess in the kitchen or dirt tracked into the house. Now yes, I helped more with the lawn than she did, but she knew how to mow the lawn just the same, and helped with collecting leaves and all other duties. And she can change her own oil.

    And further, I've nearly always lived with exclusively women (only once have I had a single male roommate), and somehow managed all this time to avoid thinking women are inferior.
     
  11. Arwon

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    That's weird. Didn't work for me at least.
     
  12. Patroklos

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    Did the study control for age? There is 11 years difference between me and my younger sister. The household situation was completely different for us, my parents being more well off as each of my sisters came to chore contributing age. I and my oldest sister did far more chores of all sorts than my younger two sisters which was not just a matter of household means but also because there were more people in the household for me throughout my time living there than my oldest sister one on down to my youngest who is a spoiled and does nothing.

    Unless someone can point to where they controlled for all that this study is basically BS. Btw they never said anything about seeing women as inferior, that's an interesting read in by some and telling as its not supported by the OP article.
     
  13. Hygro

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    My guess as well.
     
  14. Formaldehyde

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    The study specifically mentions that numerous other studies discussed the role of parents in shaping the politics of their children. But this is apparently the first study which tried to assess the role of siblings in determining their political outlook.
     
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    I have two older sisters and a younger brother. I never had to do chores. All four of us are heavy weight liberals. Our parents were/are way too conservative (Fox News types).
     
  16. Formaldehyde

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    According to the study, growing up with a sister or not doing stereotypical female chores doesn't mean you are going to be a conservative. It means that you are more likely to be one than someone who didn't.
     
  17. IdiotsOpposite

    IdiotsOpposite Boom, headshot.

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    Blah blah blah sociology blah, blah single anecdote blah blah, blah blah blah Republicans blah.
     
  18. MobBoss

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    By that metric, shouldn't one of you be gay? :mischief:

    Or at least have their ring finger longer than their middle finger or some such? :confused:

    I have a sister and am conservative, so I guess I help prove the metric.
     
  19. bhsup

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    :D I dunno about that, but one of my brothers did move to Kansas and joined a *gasp* union!!
     
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    Oh my. :eek:
     

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