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Male sex drive 'to blame for world's conflicts'

Male sex drive 'to blame for world's conflicts'

The male sex drive is to blame for most of the world's conflicts from football hooliganism to religious disputes and even world wars, according to scientists.

The "male warrior" instinct means that men are programmed to be aggressive towards anyone they view as an outsider, a study claims.

In evolutionary terms an instinct for violence against others helped early men improve their status and gain more access to mates, but in modern terms this can translate into large-scale wars.

In contrast women are naturally equipped with a "tend and befriend" attitude which means they seek to resolve conflicts peacefully in order to protect their children, researchers said.

The study, published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, is a review of evolutionary evidence for the so-called "male warrior hypothesis".

It claims that in every culture throughout history, men have been more likely than women to use violence when confronted by people they saw as outsiders.

The "tribal" attitude of men, ultimately aimed at boosting their chances of reproducing, is similar to the territorial behaviour of chimpanzees, it was claimed.

The study also examined evidence which suggests men have a stronger sense of group identity than women, and that they will develop closer ties with others in their group if they are in competition with rivals.

Although men's hostile responses most likely evolved to combat the threat from outsiders, they "might not be functional in modern times and are often counterproductive," experts said.

Over time this has resulted in full-scale wars between countries and empires, and also in scraps and skirmishes between rival groups of football supporters and urban gangs.

Prof Mark van Vugt, who led the study, said: "A solution to conflict, which is an all too common problem in societies today, remains elusive. One reason for this might be the difficulty we have in changing our mindset, which has evolved over thousands of years.

"Our review of the academic literature suggests that the human mind is shaped in a way that tends to perpetuate conflict with ‘outsiders’."

Prof van Vugt said the research established that conflict with other groups of men presented our ancestors with opportunities to improve their status and gain more access to territory and potential mates.

He added: "We see similar behaviour in chimpanzees. For example, the males continuously monitor the borders of their territory.

"If a female from another group comes along, she may be persuaded to emigrate to his group. When a male strays too far, however, he is likely to be brutally beaten and possibly killed."

Research by Californian scientists in 2008 showed that the evolution of aggression and bravery in men was down to competition for mates and territory.

Their study showed that our genes can have a significant impact on traits like belligerence, meaning that in the course of our history the most aggressive group was singled out by natural selection.

Hunter-gatherer communities engaged in frequent skirmishes with other, neighbouring groups, taking land, goods and women as a reward for victory.

This meant belligerence was rewarded with reproductive success, and the benefits of the trait were genetically passed down to future generations, while those lacking aggression were filtered out.

There are several historical examples linking the male sex drive and conflict, such as Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan who studies suggest has 16 million direct male descendants today as a result of his appetite for women.

Vikings also left a strong genetic fingerprint in areas like the Scottish Western Isles, the Isle of Skye and Iceland because raiding parties would take local wives as a reward for successful raids.

Male sex drive 'to blame for world's conflicts'

Interesting find dd. A famous Arab journalist claims that many of the jihadists of today would not be brainwashed and not even open up the first page of the Koran if they had a wife to go home to, a steady job and a proper yplace such as a sports club to release all of their youthful energy. The sexual frustration is released as well as any built up energy by playing sports.

I see it after a night out at the typical sausage fest club. There are so many altercations from men who have been rejected and frustrated that they either get into a fight or have to go home and release the built up frustration from being teased by scantily dressed females. So, they resort to old Palmela to help them sleep better.

Male sex drive 'to blame for world's conflicts'

Here's a great comment I found on that article that sums up my thoughts quite clearly:


01/23/2012 11:52 AM

The same hormones that produce mass murderers produced Mozart and Einstein. We may have had less wars without male hormones but we'd also still be living in caves and dying at 25. Every upside has a downside. Basic stuff really.

The male sex drive may be responsible for a lot of conflict, but it is also responsible for 90% of the progress civilization has made during humanity's existence on this Earth. This needs to be noted.

That, and this article also conveniently ignores the female role in all this. It ties the male sex drive to violence, but forgets to make the further connection that this male desire is there to satisfy female interests-men are fighting to either earn female companionship or to protect the female mates they already have (and their children).
Men are warriors because females show (and have always shown) a strong sexual preference for warriors-simple as that. This has not changed in modern times, and barring millions of additional years of evolution, it probably never will.

If you don't like this reality, then you'll need to assign quite a bit of blame to women as well. If you want to alter it, you'll probably need to alter female preference first and foremost. As long as the warrior appearance and mentality yields more sexual variety for men, there will be no incentive (evolutionary or otherwise) to abandon it.

One last thing:


Although men's hostile responses most likely evolved to combat the threat from outsiders, they "might not be functional in modern times and are often counterproductive," experts said.

Might not be functional where? The warrior is still the most desirable to women, so biologically the incentive for that behavior is still there no matter where you go today.
As far as practicality (read: do we need to fight today anyway?), not everyone lives in safe western enclaves. Outside of the west (and, if you count some American inner cities, even in some places within the west), most of the world is still relatively dangerous, and likely to remain so. For literally 90% of Earth's population (those who do not live in safe parts of developed societies), the warrior mentality is still relatively useful in every day life.

Know your enemy and know yourself, find naught in fear for 100 battles. Know yourself but not your enemy, find level of loss and victory. Know thy enemy but not yourself, wallow in defeat every time.

Male sex drive 'to blame for world's conflicts'

pussy, money, power, water, food, oil.

Most of the worlds conflicts is caused by one of those things..

Male sex drive 'to blame for world's conflicts'

Not to start a masturbation argument again, but what happens when this male sex drive is released through porn?

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