The association between men’s sexist attitudes and facial hair

Oldmeadow, Julian A. and Dixson, Barnaby J. (2015) The association between men’s sexist attitudes and facial hair. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45 4: 1-9. doi:10.1007/s10508-015-0637-7

Author Oldmeadow, Julian A.
Dixson, Barnaby J.
Title The association between men’s sexist attitudes and facial hair
Journal name Archives of Sexual Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-0002
Publication date 2015-10-28
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10508-015-0637-7
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 45
Issue 4
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Facial hair, like many masculine secondary sexual traits, plays a significant role in perceptions of an array of sociosexual traits in men. While there is consensus that beards enhance perceptions of masculinity, age, social dominance, and aggressiveness, the perceived attractiveness of facial hair varies greatly across women. Given the ease with which facial hair can be groomed and removed entirely, why should some men retain beards and others choose to remove them? We hypothesized that men with relatively sexist attitudes would be more likely to allow their facial hair to grow than men with less sexist attitudes. Men from the USA (n = 223) and India (n = 309) completed an online survey measuring demographic variables, ambivalent sexism, and facial hair status. After controlling for demographic variables, men with facial hair were significantly higher in hostile sexism than clean-shaven men; hostile sexism was a significant predictor of facial hair status over and above demographic variables; and facial hair was more frequent among ambivalent and hostile sexists than among benevolent and non-sexists. It is suggested that sexist men choose to grow facial hair because it maximizes sexual dimorphism and augments perceived masculinity and dominance.
Keyword Ambivalent sexism
Facial hair
Social dominance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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