Big news in science land: A new study from UCLA’s Department of Psychology has found that Republican women have more feminine facial features than their Democratic counterparts. Researchers examined the facial features of women in Congress and rated them based on adherence to standards of “gender-typical femininity.” Those faces were then judged by students, who were asked to guess which political party each face belonged to. The students were apparently, surprisingly, accurate in matching faces that ranked high in femininity with conservative politics and those with more masculine features as more liberal.
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Jerry Hall and daughter Liz Jagger (dad is Mick Jagger) opened the sale at Harrods in London on December 27. While I guess that’s a major honor, I was more struck by how much Liz looks like Jerry. Liz’s features are so similar to her mother’s that it looks as if former model Jerry cloned herself and didn’t use any genetic info from Mick. I found this kind of strange because in my experience, girls tend to look like their fathers and boys tend to look like their mothers. My brothers look like their mom, and my sister and I look most like my dad. (Just don’t tell my mom that.) My resemblance to my dad is so uncanny that I’ve had random people who know my dad from back home in Barbuda stop me in my neighborhood to ask me if he’s my father. Freaky! Who do you look like — your mom or your dad? And if you have them, who do your kids look like? Keep reading »
“Rita Hayworth gave good face.” So the lyrics to Madonnaâ€™s “Vogue” states, but even science agrees. A new study by the U.K.â€™s Durham, St. Andrews, and Aberdeen Universities, has just come out linking facial features to romantic desires. Nearly 700 heterosexuals were asked by researchers to rifle through photos of men and women in their 20s and make snap judgments about the subjects sexual habits — whether they were in it to win it or just a one-night stand. Wide eyes and big lips on women were shown to signal interests in short term entanglements, like the late, great example, Hayworth, who had five A-list husbands, including a prince. For men, broad jaws, pronounced noses, and slight eyes inferred they were straight up players, like lady’s man George Clooney. On the other hand, softer features showed a softer side for both sexes and more potential for long-term relationships. Could your face really reveal your heart’s desire? When researchers compared the recorded first impressions to the actual sexual attitudes of the subjects in the photographs, they found 72% of the participants had accurately assessed the pictured personâ€™s romantic behavior. [Reuters] Keep reading »