John “JUAN” Andres
WHO ARE YOU?
Believe it or not, but where you live may impact you’re views but more importantly how disgust-able you are.
Where do you stand? As college students we get asked that a lot. Where do you stand in regards with politics? Are you liberal or conservative? Are you pro choice or pro-life? There are so many potential sides or views to have, how can we ever be sure that we are on the progressive, “right” side of the line? It turns out that where you live, geographically, might actually influence your views or so called “original ideas”.
So I know you just read the paper in bold and italics and just got super worried this would be boring, but just bear with me for a second. (Get it, bear with me!!) The paper, although it sounds super boring and lame, was actually very eye-opening. The paper was for Comp 250-3 and was trying to establish a connection between how easily disgusted you are and where you live. Now I know you want to just jump into to this super academic paper I just told you about, or maybe you would rather shave your eyebrows, either way we should hit the research behind the paper before discussing the paper.
In this frickin’ awesome country that we call the United States of America, we all see some signs of division. Not like long division or whatever that crap was back in middle school, but like division. This may not be to clear to you what division I’m getting to, but hopefully this analogy will help. Ok, so if you’ve ever seen Harry Potter ever in your life then you know that Gryffindor and Slytherin were on opposite sides and divided the school.(That’s the type of division we are dealing with here son!, some dark wizard level division.) Ok back to business. This division we see now if most often political division. That means you’re either a progressive conservative or a traditional democrat. (Haha yeah that was totally backwards.) So this division in the country was/is pretty noticeable, and these people did a study on differences between liberals and conservatives based on levels of disgust.
So the study we were talking about was done by a David Pizarro. Yeah what a sweet last name. Pizarro found that there was a “strong” correlation between political conservatism and being more easily disgusted. This means that if someone is a conservative then they are more easily disgusted or uncomfortable about moral issues like “abortion” and “gay marriage”. BOOOOOOM!! SLAM DUNK!! Paper over right? Nah, man or woman possibly reading this. This study just proved what everyone already knew; Conservatives are uptight, traditional, lightweights that are afraid of the progressive world! (Alright that might not have been that fair of a shot to take but like,… come on,… have you ever watched FOXNews? If you have and still don’t understand why that joke was made, please be sure to comment. ) So then as you read this with your eyes or robot eyes, dealers choice; you get to the question, how can we connect this disgust theory to geography? Well thats the part we’ll get to next time….
Hey Girl, finals may be coming up but this blog is almost to the end, kinda so keep reading, I double pinky promise no crosses count that it’s worth it.
YOU’RE STILL READING? Ok cool! Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day surfing Netflix to keep reading this. Namaste.
Ok so if you don’t remember where we were don’t worry, as I don’t remember either. Just Kidding Mrs. Moore! I sorta remember where this was going.
So geography and political party affiliation have yet to be connected. DO NOT FEAR! The Love Connection is here. (Yeah, that was a TV show way back when.) To connect such to broad things; Geography and Political Identity it would be so useful to have a map. Thank whichever Gods/Goddesses/Divinities/and/or lucky stars you may or may not have for the Pew Research Center. The Pew Research center “is is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.” Thanks for reading that. It’s actually super important. When they say, they do not take policy positions thats an amazing thing. This means they are neither conservative nor liberal or independent but some unholy non affiliated, which is almost as amazing as this invention.
YES IT’S A BLOODY SALMON CANNON.
With the credibility of the Pew Research center established the map they published can now be reveled!! There you go! So we can see now that there is an obvious location of the specific political bases. But this can’t directly show that where you live makes you more squeamish. Thats where another map comes into play. As found out in the study by Pizarro, the more easily disgusted people that associated with conservative values, made this decisions out of moral beliefs. Morals man, everyones got some, some people are too moral, some people aren’t moral enough. (Morals are like scales, we see what the damage is and depending on how we feel, we may or may not use the info provided.)
Ok, bare with me a little bit longer. So as you may have guessed it, that how I connected geography and disgust and their influence of political identity. If you morally think something is wrong, lets take gay marriage for example, you will say you are morally opposed to such an action. Thats exactly what Pizarro found when he did his study. Those individuals that were more easily disgusted were also against gay marriage and abortion based on moral principles. These moral principles were often connected to that person’s religion. Religion is on often intertwined to morals say John Hare of Yale in a philosophical background. If morals influence political views and how squeamish you are then the last piece of the puzzle is to connect moral background givers, RELIGION, to geographic locations. Again thank whoever or whichever deities you like or just call your mom and thank her for something. (If you actually did call your mom then first, wow I have magical powers, then just thank her for being a good mom, should make her day.) This map shows the density of the evangelic Protestant population, but you probably already knew that. The evangelical church is very conservative based. As shown earlier the conservative base and at the evangelical base line up pretty well.
BACK TO THE PAPER……SORRY…AGAIN.
Remember close to the beginning of this when we left off the paper with an ever increasing need to return!? Well bam! Ya got there kid. Stay Golden Pony boy.
The maps connect to the paper. They make the paper. They make life. Shrek is love…Shrek is life.
The maps from Pew Research make my paper, the one I mentioned at the beginning. They make the paper because the political map shows the location of the conservative party in the South and some Western states. The other map showed the evangelical religious base. The maps overlap in such a way that a coincidence cannot be considered. This means we can clearly see the connection between geography and morals. This connection can be further traced to disgust because of the study done by Pizarro. The study proved that conservatives were more squeamish on issues such as morals. The political Pew Research Center map shows the location of the conservative base. Then further more another religious location map shows the evangelical Protestant church’s base location. So now we can clearly see that where you live influences how you vote or what party you belong, which can also be measured in how easily disgusted someone is.