Manly Men Chop Down the Environment

Not protect it.  According to ‘experts.’

Washington Post:

Researchers have known for decades that women tend to beat men on environmental metrics. They generally use less fuel and energy. They eat less meat. They’re more concerned about climate change.

James Wilkie, a business professor at the University of Notre Dame, wanted to understand what drives this gender eco-friendliness gap. After years of exploring psychological bias, he and his colleagues developed a theory.

Healthcare policy, too.


“Men’s resistance may stem in part from a prevalent association between the concepts of greenness and femininity and a corresponding stereotype (held by both men and women) that green consumers are feminine,” they assert this month in the Journal of Consumer Research. “As a result of this stereotype, men may be motivated to avoid or even oppose green behaviors in order to safeguard their gender identity.”

Maybe manly men intuitively understand that the pencil-necked geeks who are behind the environmental movement are clueless about the environment?  Perhaps manly guys have experience with quazi-male enviro-daffodils preaching about global warming, overpopulation and loving the Mother Earth.  Maybe masculine guys are prone to be critical of societal pressures to change everyone’s behavior based upon shaky science.  

Maybe the environmental movement should work out more.  

“Stereotypical feminine behavior and attitudes are more in parallel with taking care of the environment,” Wilkie said of the findings. “Male traits tend to conflict with this idea of maintaining a nice environment for other people.”

Wilkie blames stereotypes. People who care about the environment are perceived as nurturing, gentle caretakers. Pop culture says they’re barefoot hippies with long hair and flower crowns. That image clashes with traditional masculinity.

Or maybe, traditional masculine males have met guys from  the environmental movement, and have judged them to be pompous jerks.


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5 Responses to Manly Men Chop Down the Environment

  1. onwyrdsdream says:

    Being concerned about climate change isn’t a particularly meaningful metric. Many things people are concerned about, they end up putting energy into exactly the wrong thing. Concern doesn’t equal the ability, knowlege, or willingness to do something. Often it’s just tribal identity which they put in minimal tribal approved effort, regardless if it is good or bad. Minimum wage is one such false fix, the obsession with solar another. Little is more valuable in cerain quarters than the sort of smug you can buy with other people’s money.

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  2. crawford421 says:

    The original Greens were the Nazis. Real men hate Nazis.

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  3. scrubone says:

    Did you see the recent study (from New Zealand no less) that showed that men contributed twice the average in tax revenue?

    Or to put it another way, men are out there contributing to the nations finances in a real way while women worry about penguins.

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  4. Cube says:

    I’m going to go with your interpretations of the evidence, Dave. It makes more sense and is far less self-serving.

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