Masculine masks: Testosterone and makeup, and bearded sexists. 15 Dec 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 Rob 2 Comments

Masculine masks: what a bushy beard says about a man's attitudes to women, and why a hit of the male hormone testosterone could have you reaching for your make up bag.

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NOTE (8th Feb 2016): The scientists behind the testosterone and make up research have voluntarily retracted their paper. For more information, visit Retraction Watch.

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Feeling Hormonal? Slap on the Makeup
Are Bearded Men More Sexist?

Eurovision winner, Conchita Wurst. Pretty much the perfect image for a podcast about beards and make up. Alexander Gotter/Flickr

The articles covered in the show:

Fisher, C. I., Hahn, A. C., DeBruine, L. M., & Jones, B. C. (in press). Women’s preference for attractive makeup tracks changes in their salivary testosterone. Psychological Science. Read summary

Oldmeadow, J. A., & Dixson, B. J. (in press). The association between men’s sexist attitudes and facial hair. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Read summary


  1. Why are men turned off by armpit, leg, and (full) pubic hair on women? Doesn't it make more biological sense to like this hair since it shows she's adult?

  2. I don't know if that is a cultural universal, though. Body hair preferences appear to be strongly dictated by fashion. I would be reluctant to make evolutionary hypotheses about behaviours that vary from generation to generation and from location to location.


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