Feeds

Republican men hormonally emasculated by US election

Obama win sees GOP testosterone plunge, 'submissiveness'

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

American neuroscientists say that men who voted for Republican candidate John McCain in the recent presidential elections suffered a serious loss of testosterone as a result of the Obama victory. The hormone, produced by one's wedding-tackle, is considered essential for basic manliness.

Graph showing the chemical castration of US rightwingers last year.

WARNING: Voting Republican can seriously damage your manhood.

The revelation of US rightwingers' sudden emasculation following the 2008 election comes from Duke University neuroscientist Kevin LaBar. LaBar and his colleagues carried out a study on election night in which saliva samples were taken from both men and women both prior to the election and then at intervals after. Participants also filled in a questionnaire.

The results were clear-cut. Men who had voted for McCain - or the libertarian candidate Robert Barr - experienced a 28 per cent loss of testosterone almost as soon as the contest was over. LaBar notes that levels of testosterone, produced by both male and female gonads but in much larger amounts in men, are directly linked to important masculine behaviours such as "aggression, risk-taking and response to threats".

Apparently the male GOP and Barr voters reported feelings of "unhappiness" and "submissiveness" following the crushing defeat of their chosen national leaders.

"This is a pretty powerful result," says LaBar. "Voters are physiologically affected by having their candidate win or lose an election."

"Voters participate in elections both directly by casting their ballots, and vicariously because they don't personally win or lose the election," adds postdoc researcher Steven Stanton. "This makes democratic political elections highly unique dominance contests."

According to some theories, men are programmed to cut their testosterone headbanger hormone automatically after a group or individual contest is clearly lost. This is thought to have evolved as a mechanism for avoiding damaging injuries or killings following tribe or group pissing-matches long ago in humanity's distant past. By contrast those on the winning side retain standard levels of aggression and risk-taking.

LaBar and his colleagues report that testosterone levels among women and Democrats in the trial were unaffected.

The study is published this week in the journal PLoS One. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins
Robo-sub scans freezing waters, rocks warming models
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU
Doctors find new Digitillnesses - 'text neck' and 'telepressure'
Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs
And a floating carrier for recyclable rockets
Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k
3 days, and Kickstarter moves lander 37% nearer takeoff
Rosetta science team thinks Philae might come to life in the spring
And disclose the biggest surprise of Comet 67P
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.