By JR on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Having sisters: Another elephant discovered
An NYT writer, Charles Blow, has come across some survey findings by Andrew Healy and Neil Malhotra to the effect that people who have sisters are more "sexist" and more likely to vote Republican. There have been all sorts of efforts to turn that finding into something discreditable to conservatives. One theory is that where there are girls around boys get let off from helping with housework and think that is a good racket for the rest of their lives.
The key to understanding the finding is however the word "sexist". It is of course largely a term of abuse. The factual content to it is however that the "sexist" person thinks men and women are different. Thinking that way does of course have all the evidence on its side but what Leftist ever cared about evidence? So, to the Leftist, people who think that way are evil and are rightly referred to with a term of abuse.
Once we get past the abuse, however, the implications of the finding become self-evident: Growing up with girls leaves you in no doubt about how different they are. It is a reality check. Those evil sexists are simply more in touch with how things actually are.
And that also explains the Republican orientation. It is in fact probably more an anti-Democrat orientation. Democrats are always preaching feminist nonsense so people who know from experience how much nonsense it is turn to the realistic party -- the Republican party.
So I am once again a discoverer of elephants in rooms. I have only pointed out the bleeding obvious -- but nothing as simple as "sexism" being realistic can enter a Leftist mind, of course. To them the elephant is invisible.
Steve Sailer has some useful notes on the matter