Anyone Who Has Ever Walked Through An Occupy Camp Knows This Is True
Confirmed: You can tell someone’s politics by their body odor
To cleanse the palate during dinnertime on the east coast, a story about sniffing strangers’ sweaty ‘pits.
Turns out conservatives smell like flowers and freedom while liberals smell like oppression and ass. Or at least, they do if you’re conservative.
A new study in the American Journal of Political Science from Brown’s Rose McDermott, Harvard’s Dustin Tingley, and Penn State’s Peter K. Hatemi has found preliminary evidence that people are more attracted to the body odors of others with similar political beliefs. In the study, participants rated the attractiveness of vials of body odors obtained from “strong liberals” and “strong conservatives” on a five-point scale. The participants had no prior knowledge of which vial belonged to which partisan armpit.
Some participants had particularly strong reactions to the vials, as the paper explains:
In one particularly illustrative case, a participant asked the experimenter if she could take one of the vials home with her because she thought it was ‘the best perfume I ever smelled’; the vial was from a male who shared an ideology similar to the evaluator. She was preceded by another respondent with an ideology opposite to the person who provided the exact same sample; this participant reported that the vial had ‘gone rancid’ and suggested it needed to be replaced.
I visited Occupy Boston in the fall of 2011. It was a fetid pit.
NOTE: This is not my photo but this is exactly what it looked like.