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Psychologist claims some men hate astrology because of their 'toxic masculinity'

Rachel Lang

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Psychologist claims some men hate astrology because of their 'toxic masculinity'

While astrology might be in-vogue once again with Gen Z and millennials, women are far more likely to put their faith in the cosmos over their male counterparts.

A recent study found that 37 per cent of women believe that the answers lie within the stars, while only 20 per cent of men believe in astrology.

Psychologist Barbara Santini reckons the belief in the zodiac has shifted to being a 'feminised' pastime.

Santini reckons that some of the more macho men out there choose to reject astrology as they deem any sort of femininity a threat to their hunter/hero/warrior masculine ways.

Surprise, surprise, a woman doing an astrology reading. Credit: jvphoto / Alamy.
Surprise, surprise, a woman doing an astrology reading. Credit: jvphoto / Alamy.

"To most men, astrology is too girly or immature, which explains why they disagree with it or deny its validity,” Santini told PopSugar.

"This creates a negative perception of astrology and the women who like it."

She added: "For some men, the refusal of astrology is linked to toxic masculinity, which does not allow them to enjoy the same things as women.”

Essentially, Santini adds that many men don’t feel welcome in the astrological community and use masculinity as a shield, or the good old excuse of 'logic' and 'science'.

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Therapist and author of The Divine Feminist, Ceryn Rowntree, said astrology could in fact be proven by science, but we just aren't funding it.

"There might be no scientific proof of astrology, but that’s because there isn’t funding for research," she told PopSugar.

Despite Rowntree's observations, studies have been done on the stars and planets and the impact they have on human behaviour and life.

For example, a 2014 study found that there are more psychiatric presentations to hospital emergency departments during the full moon.

This backed up a 2011 study that found that more than 40 per cent of medical staff believe that lunar phases can affect human behaviour.

Yay! Mercury is in Gatorade! Credit: Sarayut Thaneerat / Alamy.
Yay! Mercury is in Gatorade! Credit: Sarayut Thaneerat / Alamy.

Additionally, a 2007 study found vets also experience 23 per cent more cats and 28 per cent in dogs admitted to vet surgeries during the full moon.

So boom, you've just been scienced.

Astrologer Melanie Bentley-Moore agreed that toxic masculinity is partly to blame for less men putting their faith in the stars.

"The sun is the centre of our solar system. It’s stuck in one place, and the planets move around it," she explained, as per PopSugar.

"In the same way, men may naturally expect the views of women to move around and meet theirs."

Toxic masculinity is so yesterday, fellas.

It's time to bust out that star chart and calculate your Sun, Moon, and rising signs before it's too late.

Featured Image Credit: Shotshop GmbH / Alamy. Pongtorn Hiranlikit / Alamy. Igor Stevanovic / Alamy.

Topics: News, Sex and Relationships, Science

Rachel Lang
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