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Scientists have critically discovered that men with beards are not necessarily more sexist than clean-shaven chaps, despite previous research which indicated "a connection between facial hair and negative attitudes about women".
Back in 2015, Aussie researchers Barnaby J. Dixson and Julian A. Oldmeadow asked 309 Indian and 223 American men to quantify their degree of facial hirsuteness and then asked for their opinion on statements such as "Women seek to gain power by getting control over men."
However, a new study on 312 embearded Swedes has found "no link between facial hair and sexism", at least in a "secular" country where beards are more likely to be a purely aesthetic statement. In India and the US, on the other hand, a beard "may also indicate membership in a conservative religious group".
Authors Kahl Hellmer and T. Johanna Stenson elaborate: "We suggest that facial hair is, to some extent, used by men as a sociocultural symbol that, depending on the cultural environment, signals qualitatively distinct group membership