Study: Men who recycle more likely to have their sexuality questioned

Study: Men who recycle more likely to have their sexuality questioned

[Ed. – Real men don’t separate trash.]

A Pennsylvania State University (PSU) professor’s study concluded that men who engage in environmentally friendly behaviors deemed feminine are more likely to have their heterosexuality questioned.

The study, a copy of which Campus Reform reviewed, was led by PSU psychology professor Janet Swim and published in the journal Sex Roles.

Titled “Gender Bending and Gender Conformity: The Social Consequences of Engaging in Feminine and Masculine Pro-Environmental Behaviors,” the study involved three individual studies, each with 960 subjects, according to a PSU news release. In one of the study’s activities, participants read a list of hypothetical daily activities of different profiles and then judged the sexual identity of a person on a −5 (gay or lesbian) to 0 (bisexual) to 5 (heterosexual) scale.

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“If being seen as heterosexual is important to a person, that person may prioritize gender-conforming over gender-nonconforming pro-environmental behaviors in anticipation of how others might see them,” Swim said. …

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