Dudes like to feel like dudes, and some would argue, they need to feel like dudes—or else. So the surest route to provoking a certain sort of dude to dude out is to question his dudeness in any way. It’s a truth as old as time and as obvious as its passing, but now, a very validating study has backed up the truth of dude overcompensation in a fairly hilarious way.
The cultural implications are interesting… However, I wonder how much of this is an instance of statistical significance vs. colloquial significance.
Consider this: an average increase of 3/4’s of an inch could be a large proportion of men simply rounding up (I’ll be honest, I don’t remember my exact height off hand, so I’m sure I’ve done that), or a small proportion of men greatly exaggerating their height.
One would tell us something about men, as a group. The other would tell us something about a particular kind of masculinity. They’re both looking into, obviously.
Male aggression is commonly pinned on testosterone, and estrogen is credited with imparting females with maternal instinct – but the true story of the sex hormones, and their roles in male and female behavior, is a lot more subtle. Here’s why estrogen is an important hormone for males and females alike.
…Using model organisms, biologists have learned some surprising things about the relationship between testosterone, estrogen, and sexually dimorphic behaviors, and wholly debunked the facile notion that testosterone drives male behavior, while estrogen drives female behavior.
Baldness is not a sign of virility, aggression or libido. All it means is that the hair follicles in the scalp are more sensitive to testosterone. It says nothing about overall testosterone levels or how that hormone is being used elsewhere in the body.