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Too feminine? Bash gays.

If people think you're a girly man, just bash the gays. Researchers at Cornell University have found that's exactly what most men do when their masculinity is threatened.

The findings, presented at the American Sociological Association's 100th Annual Meeting in August, bolster the theory that men who are insecure about their masculinity overcompensate with machismo. Cornell's Robb Willer gave more than a hundred Cornell undergrads a gender identity survey and then randomly told them their responses indicated they had a masculine or feminine identity. The "feminine" men then gave much more homophobic responses on a political questionnaire. They were also more likely to support the war in Iraq and to be interested in buying an SUV.
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Title Annotation:RESEARCH
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 13, 2005
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