political ideology

The Scent of a Conservative

The Pacific Standard reports on a new study that suggests some people are attracted to “the body odour of others who share their political ideology”.

That’s right: To some extent, we emit red smells or blue smells, and consciously or not, potential mates can and do notice the difference.

“It appears nature stacks the deck to make politically similar partners more attractive to each other in unconscious ways,” a research team led by Brown University political scientist Rose McDermott writes in the American Journal of Political Science. As she and her colleagues note, this dynamic can be explained using evolutionary theory, noting that such compatibility increases the odds of successful mating and compatible child-rearing.

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