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By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: March 5th, 2012
Women hate beards

If you put credence in studies, then that’s the latest bit of insight psychologists have come up with. Women hate beards.

Apparently, women were asked to rate men before and after they shaved off six weeks of facial growth. Overwhelmingly, they preferred the clean cut version, rating the men without full facial whiskers as more attractive.

But not so men. The results suggest that beards send a signal of masculinity to other men. Because of that, many believe it’s true for women, as well. Apparently, it’s not true.

The men surveyed did admit, however, that the beards not only made them seem more aggressive and angrier, but even older.

The study was conducted in Canada and New Zealand, according to the online article from the Daily Mail.

What do you think? Take the poll.

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