Science: Men With Sisters Are More Likely to Become Republicans


Pew Research Center reports:

Interesting things happen when little boys grow up with sisters: They are less likely to help mom with housekeeping chores—and they’re more likely to grow up to be Republicans, according to a new paper published in the latest issue of the Journal of Politics (doc).

Young men who were raised with sisters also are more likely to express socially conservative views on attitudes about gender roles, claim authors Andrew Healy and Neil Malhotra.

“Having sisters makes males more politically conservative in terms of their gender role attitudes and their partisanship,” they wrote. “Particularly for gender role attitudes, we find that these political socialization effects persist until respondents are well into adulthood.”

Well wait. I’ve got two sisters and I seem to be reliably liberal. Why isn’t this affecting me?

Researchers have found that sisters are more likely than their brothers to help wash the dishes, sweep the floor and do other traditionally gender-stereotyped tasks around the house.  For example, in the data they examined, about 60% of boys but 82% of girls 10 and older with younger siblings told interviewers they were expected to help with the dishes.

Well, there you go. My parents expected me to help set the table, do dishes, and a variety of other tasks around the home. (Not, I should admit, that I did them very well. The expectation is certainly there.) So, liberal parents, if you want your sons to grow up and be liberal men, walk the walk and make them do some so-called “women’s work” around the house.