Real Men Eat Meat?
CHARLOTTE, NC- Real men eat meat -- at least according to a new study.
Researchers at Bellarmine University in Kentucky say meat eating is linked to manhood and power.
But while some men shun so-called “chick food” and rely on their carnivore status for masculinity, others say there's no link at all.
For some, here's something masculine about meat.
"Real men eat meat! Nobody wants to go to a restaurant with a man who orders a tofu salad," said Tabitha Stiles, a employee at Bill Spoon's BBQ.
There's facts to back that up. New research deems meat a strong, macho, bicep-flexing food.
"I would agree with that. Meat is something you can go out and kill it, so there's something romantic I guess about that," said Bryan Cormack, a South Charlotte resident.
While some men are sticking with their meat, folks at Luna's Kitchen say they just don't see the link between meat and masculinity.
Especially for Sarge Kinlin, who is embracing his new, vegan lifestyle.
"I feel stronger, I feel more fit. So, perhaps more manly in a way," said Kilin.
For his fellow vegans, the thought of a slab of ribs solidifying manhood is far from desirable.
"I don't see a man being more manly for eating meat at all," said Tonya Webb , a Belmont resident.
"So, it's not that necessarily that the men eating meat are more manly, but they want to put on that facade that they're more manly," said Carly Poremba, a New York resident.
But for others, there's something to be said about carnivore status.
"Kinda like going out and stalking your prey and then it's a feast at the end of it," said said Cormack.
"A real man, you got your husband and he goes to work all day, works hard and comes home and wants a big fat juicy steak," said Stiles