Spreadin’ Love

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A new US study, recently published in Social Science Quarterly, has shown that the more uncommon or feminine a boy's first name is, the greater the likelihood that he will end up in prison. (via Metafilter and JT)

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7 thoughts on “Spreadin’ Love

  1. “…the more uncommon or feminine a boy’s first name is, the greater the likelihood that he will end up in prison.”
    Oops.

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  2. Haven’t looked up the original, but the press release suggests that this is a stupid study — that name is just a correlate for other characteristics.
    But, not sure how to reconcile that with “Alec” being a “bad” name. Really, Alec’s are more likely to be in prison?
    (and, this does not make me more concerned about my son’s unusual first name.)

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  3. Alec = Evil; Alex = Good? I’m not sure.
    I had always thought I avoided prison because my parents raised me right, but now I guess I’ll just have to attribute it to them giving me the most common name possible.

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  4. Anyway, it seems a bit off to me. I remember News of the Weird used to collect instances of murders with the name “John Wayne” and there were always new ones.

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  5. We have hippie friends who named their kid Becuzaliz. He calls himself Joe. I guess they should save for bail instead of college.

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  6. “I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
    And I called him my pa, and he called me his son,
    And I come away with a different point of view.
    And I think about him, now and then,
    Every time I try and every time I win,
    And if I ever have a son, I think I’m gonna name him…
    Bill or George! Anything but Sue!”
    Johnny Cash told us this 40 years ago…

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