Real men eat meat.
At least that's the stereotype that has been passed down since our
days as hunter-gatherers — when men (the hunters) would go off to kill
wild animals, while women (the gatherers) would hang around collecting
fruits, nuts, and berries.
"Meat seems associated with strength and power, two features generally attributed to males," write the authors of a 2012 study published in the Journal of Consumer Research that examined why male consumers avoid vegetarian options.
In another study, published in the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity, researchers
linked eating meat with "manhood, power, and virility" and found that
men were more likely than women to "endorse pro-meat attitudes" and
believed it was "human destiny to eat meat."
But times are changing.
A growing number of male business executives and political leaders,
including former President Bill Clinton and Newark Mayor Cory Booker,
are breaking gender expectations and embracing the vegetarian or vegan
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