Study: Men Who Harass Women Online Are Losers.

By: Laura Meyers

A new study has claimed that men who harass women online and in male-dominated fields are literal losers.

Michael Kasumovic and Jeffrey Kuznekoff, researchers at the University of New South Wales and Miami University “hypothesized that female-initiated disruption of a male hierarchy incites hostile behavior from poor performing males who stand to lose the most status,” and when they tested their theory, they were proven correct.

The researched observed 163 plays of the video game Halo 3, and analyzed the interactions between male and female players.

They noted that no matter their skill level, or how the game went, men tended to be fairly polite to each other.

Male players who were good at the game tended to pay compliments to other male and female players.

Male players who were not as good at the game more frequently insulted female gamers.

Simply put, sexist assholes are literal losers.

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The abstract summary of the study states:

…We used an online first-person shooter video game that removes signals of dominance but provides information on gender, individual performance, and skill. We show that lower-skilled players were more hostile towards a female-voiced teammate, especially when performing poorly. In contrast, lower-skilled players behaved submissively towards a male-voiced player in the identical scenario. This difference in gender-directed behaviour became more extreme with poorer focal-player performance. We suggest that low-status males increase female-directed hostility to minimize the loss of status as a consequence of hierarchical reconfiguration resulting from the entrance of a woman into the competitive arena. Higher-skilled players, in contrast, were more positive towards a female relative to a male teammate. As higher-skilled players have less to fear from hierarchical reorganization, we argue that these males behave more positively in an attempt to support and garner a female player’s attention. Our results provide the clearest picture of inter-sexual competition to date, highlighting the importance of considering an evolutionary perspective when exploring the factors that affect male hostility towards women.

Lesson learned: chauvinists are really just butthurt losers.

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