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The Cheerleader Effect:
What Men Do to Impress

Wall Street Journal, by Robert M. Sapolsky

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/21/2013 5:54:29 AM

The holiday season brings with it the usual assortment of college bowl games, from the classic Rose, Orange and Sugar, all the way to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, the Beef ´O´ Brady´s Bowl and, my favorite, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Each contest involves the migration across the country of hordes of players, coaches, alumni boosters, band members, mascots—and, of course, cheerleaders. Remarkably, recent science suggests that if this final group weren´t included, it would probably alter the quality of play. All because males can be kind of pathetic. When women are present or when men are prompted to think about

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 12/21/2013 6:18:58 AM     (No. 9662621)

An article sort of about football from Pajama Boy.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 12/21/2013 6:45:34 AM     (No. 9662638)

I don´t know, #1. Look at that photo. The writer looks like the Unabomber.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 12/21/2013 8:05:44 AM     (No. 9662736)

FTA:" There´s an important point here. The allure of the opposite sex makes men more violent, but only, it seems, in circumstances where violence is rewarded with higher status. When status can be achieved in a more socially desirable way, things work differently. In short, with the right social arrangements, this ludicrous tendency of men can be harnessed not only to encourage a ferocious goal-line stand but to make the world a kinder place."

And who gets to decide what is ´the right social arrangement? What a bunch of gaybulldeegook.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 12/21/2013 8:05:57 AM     (No. 9662737)

Oh goody - another metrosexual who believes men are ´kind of pathetic´ and have ´ludicrous tendencies.´

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having attractive women in attractive outfits - cheerleaders, dance/drill team, etc. - at sporting events. There is absolutely nothing wrong with men being attracted to same and maximizing their performance and effort as a result.

It´s called survival of the fittest. A learned evolutionist like Mr Sapolsky should approve, not disapprove.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 12/21/2013 8:33:12 AM     (No. 9662777)

That´s what you look like, #2, when you spend your entire high school career stuffed in your locker.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Achilles, 12/21/2013 8:52:54 AM     (No. 9662800)

The author has his panties in a bunch because deep down, he know he is unable to compete and will never impress the girls on the field.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/21/2013 9:33:50 AM     (No. 9662893)

"We don´t need no steenking cheerleaders!!" Apologies to the ghost of Alfonso Bedooya.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 12/21/2013 2:21:40 PM     (No. 9663410)

The writer must have little success impressing women. Hence standard male behavior gets from him such epithets as "pathetic" and "ridiculous." The Casper Milquetoasts of the world always talk that way. It´s their own pathetic and ridiculous attempt to impress women.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: LaVallette, 12/22/2013 4:22:45 AM     (No. 9664013)

Cheerleading and marching bands are the stratagems to keep the audience amused by providing cover for the the long intervals between the few seconds of action of each "down" play, when there is nothing of interest whatsoever happening on the field of play.

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