Why is nuclear energy what ‘real men’ support?
On Friday, I pointed to some survey results showing that more men than women support nuclear power, by a 72-40 percent margin.
Today, I was reading a Lou Aguilar piece in National Review called "Real Men Vote for McCain" — which as far as I can tell is not parody, though it’s difficult to be sure these days — and I ran across this:
3. McCain supports nuclear power. Obama backs wind energy.
Put aside the merits. I want to focus on a specific question: Why is nuclear energy considered manly? Why do so many more men than women support it? Why do NRO writers think it’s what "real men" do?
I want a good sociopolitical explanation, and I don’t feel like I’ve gotten one yet.