Study Shows That People Think Politicians with Facial Hair Are Sexist

A recent study showed that voters were more likely to think that politicians with beards were sexist.

Sexist pig. (Photo via Wikimedia)

A while back, a team of researchers at Oklahoma State University wanted to find an answer to the burning question: Why do so few politicians have facial hair? Only five percent of Congress has facial hair, and America’s last mustachioed president finished his term in 1913. So the researchers decided to do what they do best—research—and came up with a surprising result: the more facial hair a politician had, the more likely people thought he was sexist.

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Pint-Sized Politicians

10 youthful trailblazers from America’s past, present, and fiction

Earlier this month, 18-year-old Saira Blair broke the record for youngest lawmaker ever elected in the state of West Virginia, after winning her seat on the state’s House of Delegates. Currently finishing her first semester of college, she may be the only elected official that had to go to class the morning after her victory. Beating out a two-year Republican incumbent for the nomination back in May (when she was only 17 years old) Blair’s story and passionate defense of her platform show that perhaps young people are not as apathetic as their cliched portrayal, whatever their political persuasions.

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Tweet Your Grievances: A Handy Directory of All Congressional Twitter Handles

Sometimes the best way to speak your mind to a politician is to tweet at them. Now their Twitter handles are all in one place.

Every time I read about the deficit war in Washington, I want to call up my reps and say, "Shut up and raise the debt ceiling!" And I'm not the only one with an opinion: Capitol Hill phone lines are completely tied up.

Twitter is a natural alternative, if you can find your representative's handle. But until recently, an "official" online Twitter directory for all members of Congress didn't exist. The communications company FearLess decided to create one. They've linked to every single representative from each state and listed them alphabetically. Most politicians use Twitter as a one-sided way to promote themselves, but there are some, like Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison and Newark mayor Cory Booker, who actively engage in conversations with users.

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