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Hey men, are you tough enough to vote?


Hey men, are you tough enough to vote?

New study reveals testosterone levels affected in voting men
By Tom Boyd

October 23, 2009 —  Some see voting as edifying, others see it as an exercise in futility, but when the Vail elections come around again this November, it may make some voters feel more manly.

A new study released in PloS ONE October 21 reveals that testosterone levels are affected in voting men, raising levels in some and lowering them in others. The researchers involved in the study hypothesize that many of the races are about dominance of one social group over another … or one person over another. The act of voting and the results both affected the levels of testosterone in men who were asked to chew sugar free gum and spit into a cup. Their saliva was then analyzed for testosterone levels before and after voting.

Read more about the study at, and perhaps it will shed a little light on exactly what’s behind the political posturing so prevalent before and after elections.



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