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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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Harvard Academic Starts Initiative to Boost Accuracy of Wikipedia's Psychology Articles

Harvard psychology professor Mahzarin Banaji is behind an effort to get psychology academics editing content on the online encyclopedia.

With more than 18 million articles and 365 million visitors every month, Wikipedia is the king of online references. Academics have long been critical of its accuracy, but, other than a few isolated efforts, scholars haven't been too involved in improving article quality. But, thanks to Harvard University psychology professor Mahzarin R. Banaji, that might just change for the site's psychology content. Banaji's created the APS Wikipedia Initiative, an effort to get the 25,000 members of the Association for Psychological Science to take responsibility for representing the discipline "as fully and as accurately as possible and thereby to promote the free teaching of psychology worldwide."

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