7 octobre 2016

Violente, une société d'hommes?

Tout le monde a déjà entendu le mythe selon lequel une société composée à majorité de femmes serait plus équitable, plus pacifique et plus humaine, tandis qu'une société composé surtout d'hommes serait plus compétitive et violente!

Comme tous les beaux mythes féministes misandres, celui-ci ne se vérifie pas scientifiquement:

Contrary to what many people may expect, men are actually less violent and much better behaved when in each other’s company than when outnumbered by women, according to a study published last week in the journal Human Nature.

The study authors set out to investigate the assumption that societies with more men than women would suffer from “elevated levels of aggression driven by a glut of testosterone-fueled, unmarried men.” However, somewhat surprisingly, they found the exact opposite to be true, discovering that violent crime committed by males actually rises when women are in the numerical ascendancy.

To conduct their investigation, the researchers used data from the 2010 US Census to determine the sex ratio in each of the country’s 3,082 counties. They then cross-referenced this with figures obtained from the FBI in order to examine how these ratios correlated with levels of violent crimes between men – such as murders and assaults – and sexual crimes like rape, prostitution, and other sexual offenses.

“We find rates of homicide, aggravated assault, rape, sex offenses, and prostitution/commercial vice to be more common in counties with more women than men,” explain the authors, adding that “counties with more men have lower rates of crime and violent behavior.” These findings, they say, “challenge conventional claims of male excess leading to elevated levels of violence.”

Using “mating market theory,” the team explain these results by suggesting that violence should not be considered an inherent characteristic of “maleness,” but is instead used only when doing so brings “reproductive payoffs”.

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