Having daughters rather than sons, or vice versa, can change a father’s politics.
That is the conclusion of British researchers Andrew Oswald, of the University of Warwick and Cornell University, and Nattavudh Pawdthavee, of the University of York.
… Oswald told the Telegraph newspaper this past weekend that the research “provides evidence that daughters make people more left-wing, while having sons, by contrast, makes them more right-wing.”
It sounds good to me, but why would that happen? Here’s what Oswald told the Telegraph:
Professor Oswald said that having daughters made men “gradually shift their political stance and become more sympathetic to the ‘female’ desire for a … larger amount for the public good”.
“They become more Left-wing. Similarly, a mother with sons becomes sympathetic to the ‘male’ case for lower taxes and a smaller supply of public goods,” he said.
Hmmmmmmm. Makes it sound as thought we’ve got sex-related characterisitic dispositions that easily become political. Should this just go along with the research showing that women have a preference for pink?