Contradicting Data and Comments on Oldmeadow and Dixson’s (2015) “The Association Between Men’s Sexist Attitudes and Facial Hair”
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In their article, Oldmeadow and Dixson (2015) make an invalid inference when they state that men who opt to have facial hair do so in aspiration to reinforce their patriarchal dominance—supposedly because a beard maximizes a man’s sexual distinction from women. Their assertions were drawn from a survey where men in India (n = 309) and the U.S. (n = 223) stated the status of their current facial hair and rated eight items measuring hostile and benevolent sexism from the Glick and Fiske (1996) Ambivalent Sexism Inventory. Primarily, their results showed that nationality was the most significant predictor of sexism, with Indian men reporting higher levels of sexism than American men. Secondarily, their data showed an association between facial hair style and hostile sexism—with men sporting mustaches, beards, or any other variety of facial hair being more sexist than their clean-shaven peers. In this Letter, we argue that Oldmeadow and Dixson’s inferences were based on a spurious...
KeywordsSexist Attitude Benevolent Sexism Social Dominance Hostile Sexism Facial Hair
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