We all know the hoopla about men being aggressive, and how eating red meat makes them more so.  This has been the grist for feminist, vegetarian and various other fringe propaganda mills for at least a generation now.

Well, not so fast.

According to the LA Weekly, a study done at McGill University in Canada apparently demonstrates that looking at meat actually calms men down.  To quote the LA Weekly:

Forget massages, soothing music or aromatherapy. If you want to calm down a stressed-out man, just show him a few photos of meat. Preferably just-cooked hunks of beef filet, lamb chop and T-bone steaks, still sizzling and etched with blackened grill marks. Okay, perhaps not those exact cuts of meat, but researchers at McGill University in Canada did find that images of meat actually calmed men down and made them less aggressive.

Well, not so fast – again…

I have only read a brief description of the study, and what little I have read, I find unconvincing.  Inasmuch as I welcome such a finding, I am also interested in truth.

Ideology is never an adequate substitute for science, in my view.  However, pop science is no substitute for the rigors of the legitimate scientific method, either.

I welcome all research into de-demonizing men (you might say I have a personal “steak” in it), but let’s not give in to the temptation to stray off the path of good science and, above all, publicizing study results before they have been properly reviewed.


About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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