Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Beardie!

Researchers from Durham university, although they found in earlier studies that beards could signal dependability to women, now report that some females fear facial hair (https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/15/scientists-cite-parasite-factor-in-beard-attractiveness-debate). Although in modern times male grooming can be generally thorough, women who have a stronger response to ectoparasites (fleas and lice) show an aversion to beards. The authors speculate that this is a carry over from earlier times when there would be a greater fear of transmitted disease.

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