Does losing to a girl make men want to lift weights?

Follow             bakadesuyo on Twitter

“Threatened masculinity” theory proposes that males have experienced an increased drive for muscularity in recent times as a result of females’ expanded accomplishments among traditionally male dominated domains. We tested this hypothesis experimentally by examining the effects of competitive performance feedback against either a male or female opponent on male’s state self–esteem, body image, and confidence in physical performance. Sixty–six male undergraduate students were given false performance feedback on a competitive task in a 2 (failure versus success feedback) × 2 (male versus female opponent) factorial design. Men felt worse about their appearance and less confident in their physical ability following failure in general. They felt less muscular after failing to a female. These results lend some support to the threatened masculinity hypothesis and demonstrate that failure to a woman, even on a nonphysical task, may elicit compensatory drive for muscularity among men.

Source: “Competition and Male Body Image: Increased Drive for Muscularity Following Failure to a Female” from Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology

Follow me on Twitter here or get updates via email here.

Digests of posts:

Things you didn’t know about sex

How to quickly and easily improve your life

Things you didn’t know about sports

Things you didn’t know about happiness

Things you didn’t know about lies, liars and detecting lies

Things you didn’t know about negotiation, persuasion and influence

Things you didn’t know about marriage and relationships

Posted In:
Post Details