Imagine that… conservatives are more likely to be revolted by smelly hippies than their liberal brethren.
In a surprise to no one, a university study has determined that those disgusted by the odiferous funk of the Great Unwashed are much more likely to lean to the political right as well as being in favor of secure borders.
As it turns out, there’s a very good reason why certain individuals have a deeply embedded in their DNA an aversion to those who emanate a fetid scent. Specifically, the smell of body odor, urine, bad breath, feces, etc.
Not only did Victoria Friedman of Breitbart.com (London edition) report that conservatives are grossed-out by the stench of the perpetually scuzzy, but gag-inducingly enough, its been determined that “left-wingers were less revolted by bad personal hygiene”.
According to research conducted at the University of Stockholm, Sweden;
Researchers theorise a correlation between how test subjects wanted the world to be ordered and the rates of levels of disgust to bad breath, smelly feet, urine, faeces, sweat, and flatulence.
The more a person disliked bad smells, the greater they agreed with statements such as the need to trust “the proper authorities”, need a “mighty leader”, and want to ignore “noisy rabble-rousers”.
Regarding why any person with a wit of sense would be repulsed by those who happily wallow in their own filth, the brainiacs at the University of Stockholm concluded;
Psychologists believe that it represents a deep-rooted “defence mechanism” against contagious diseases.
Perhaps proving that everything old is new again, reporter Friedman also cited a Royal Society paper initially published in 2011 entitled “Why disgust matters”.
Notable of the numerous (and simply fascinating) references in the paper is a quote from molecular biologist, philosopher and bioethicist Dr. Leon R. Kass, who famously stated;
There is ‘wisdom in repugnance’. Moral disgust is one of the major positive forces that builds, maintains and polices the cooperative societies in which we have to live to thrive. Understanding disgust’s part in the morality puzzle remains a major task for social scientists—one that could offer important cues for the ways in which we make social policy.
Just don’t tell Democrats. They’ll demand a safe space.