1. Post #1
    Dennab
    April 2011
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    http://bodyodd.nbcnews.com/_news/201...tudy-says?lite


    Sometime in his late 30s, after his hair had been thinning for several years, Dr. Albert Mannes decided to shave what was left of his mane. He then noticed a curious thing: "Strangers were more standoffish, more deferential," he recalls.

    "I found that people treated me differently once I started shaving my head, which made me wonder whether my experience was unique," says Mannes.

    This led Mannes, a lecturer at the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania, to design three experiments that tested other people's perception of men with shaved heads. His findings appear in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

    All three studies found similar results: A man's shorn scalp was linked with dominance. In other words, men with shaved heads were perceived as powerful by others.

    It seems that closely cropped or bald domes have a certain manly swagger to them that project a powerful look.

    In the first study, 59 college students looked at 25 photographs of men enrolled in a business school program. Ten of the men had shaved heads while
    the rest wore their hair in various styles and lengths.

    Volunteers rated the photos of men with shorn scalps as more dominant, meaning they looked more powerful, influential, and authoritative than those
    with a full head of hair.

    In a second experiment, 344 adults were shown photographs of four different men. One photo was of the man's real hair and a second shot of him had
    been digitally altered to remove all of it.

    Adults rated men with the digitally shaved heads as more dominant than his coiffed counterpart, an effect researchers say was largely due to
    perceiving men with shorn scalps as having more confidence and masculinity.

    In addition, men without much hair were viewed as nearly an inch taller and 13 percent stronger than men with plenty of it. Although a shaved head
    had its advantages, men were rated as less attractive and looking nearly four years older than guys with full heads of hair.

    Why is a nearly bare head perceived as more dominant? Mannes offers three explanations.

    For one, he points to stereotypes. "Shaved heads are found in American culture in traditionally masculine professions, such as the military, law
    enforcement, and sports," Mannes explains.

    A second is that a man who shaves his head is viewed as unconventional. And there's some evidence that the powerful are less inhibited about
    violating conventional norms, he says.

    Finally, Mannes suggests that since "Society places such a high aesthetic value on hair, it takes confidence for a man to dispense with it."

    In a third experiment, no photographs were used and more than 500 adults rated their perception of a man based solely on a written physical
    description of him. All volunteers read the exact same profile except for the description of his hair, which portrayed him as having thick brown hair,
    thinning brown hair, or a shaved head.

    The man described as having a shaved head was rated highest in dominance, masculinity, leadership potential, and strength. The guy with thick
    tresses scored higher for attractiveness than a shorn scalp and slightly higher on confidence.

    The dude with thinning hair scored the lowest on every trait except for norm violation.

    "Men with thinning hair may improve their self-esteem and how they are perceived by others by shaving," Mannes suggests.

    He advises men who are getting sparse on top "to stop fighting Mother Nature and try the shaved look."
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    I guess skinheads are the new master race
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    Breaking news, Water's still wet, study says
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    I have heard that the reason for male pattern baldness is to establish a trait that is found in more dominant, senior individuals, similar to silver back on a gorilla.

    Perhaps this is an extension of that.
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    You know all of these studies seem to be complete bullshit, because it's entirely dependent on who you ask, being a topic concerning lots of opinions.

    That being said, I think they look tougher.
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    You know all of these studies seem to be complete bullshit, because it's entirely dependent on who you ask, being a topic concerning lots of opinions.

    That being said, I think they look tougher.
    To be fair I've never heard someone say otherwise.

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    What a hardass.
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    What a hardass.
    That. Motherfucker.
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    What if you look like a giant penis with a shaved head
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    ultimate poster
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    What if you look like a giant penis with a shaved head
    its like any haircut or fashion choice; some things work for some people and not for others
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    You know all of these studies seem to be complete bullshit, because it's entirely dependent on who you ask, being a topic concerning lots of opinions.
    if only there were methods to prevent that from being an issue....
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    What a hardass.
    Shit dude is that a fucking skinhead

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    yeah max payne is pretty tough looking
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    Scary bald dudes? All I can think of is Bronson.

    And Max Payne.
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    yeah max payne is pretty tough looking
    Fucking knew I'd be beaten to it.
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    its like any haircut or fashion choice; some things work for some people and not for others
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    Any absence will of course change perception; especially within fashion.

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    Now they need to study which one of these is tougher so science finally knows.
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    i feel mike is right on up there
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    I guess that kinda makes sense since longer hair more resembles a girl.

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    Now they need to study which one of these is tougher so science finally knows.
    I do think it somewhat odd that men are encouraged to shave all their facial hair.

    We evolved facial hair to distinguish ourselves from women. It is a secondary sexual characteristic. Say what you will about women shaving their legs, but for men to shave our facial hair is something else entirely- we are making ourselves more resemble women.

    Edited:

    I guess that kinda makes sense since longer hair more resembles a girl.
    Except that men's head hair grows faster. Which goes back to why are we expected to have it shorter, if an au naturale man would have more than a woman?
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    Dennab
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    I do think it somewhat odd that men are encouraged to shave all their facial hair.

    We evolved facial hair to distinguish ourselves from women. It is a secondary sexual characteristic. Say what you will about women shaving their legs, but for men to shave our facial hair is something else entirely- we are making ourselves more resemble women.

    Edited:



    Except that men's head hair grows faster. Which goes back to why are we expected to have it shorter, if an au naturale man would have more than a woman?
    Who cares? Some people have facial hair, some people don't, its not some conspiracy, some people just don't look good with facial hair, in fact, most people don't.
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  25. Post #25
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    what about bald ladies

  26. Post #26
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    Some times they actually are tough. Bas rutten is a perfect example.
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    what about bald ladies
    I don't want to be mean but they look like cancer victims.
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    Who cares? Some people have facial hair, some people don't, its not some conspiracy, some people just don't look good with facial hair, in fact, most people don't.
    I don't claim it is conspiracy, nor do I claim (as some will imagine I'm sure) that I am in any way oppressed. I just think it's paradoxical.

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    Oh well.
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    Shaved. It's a hairdo.

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    What a hardass.
    Oh my god I would not fight that guy ever.

    Seriously, that guy made me shit myself

    edit: oh my god 499 posts
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    Mon
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    this applies to women too right



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  35. Post #35
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    January 2011
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    My dad has a goatee and a shaved head, and a scary voice.


    He terrifies me.
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    This explains everything
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    I do think it somewhat odd that men are encouraged to shave all their facial hair.

    We evolved facial hair to distinguish ourselves from women. It is a secondary sexual characteristic. Say what you will about women shaving their legs, but for men to shave our facial hair is something else entirely- we are making ourselves more resemble women.
    I wouldn't say that. Depending on my mood (And whether I've got a job interview/promotion coming up) I either wear a goatee or shave my face. The reason for this is because as a male of 22, I've got a pretty chiseled jaw and mouth, Travolta chin and all. Facial hair hides it somewhat, and shaving shows it off when I feel like showing it off.

  38. Post #38
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    November 2007
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    Yes, well part of the idea is, supposedly, that a jutting heroic chin is a desirable trait, and so if one is lacking in that department a big beard can give that illusion.

  39. Post #39
    "Suicidal thoughts? Depression?  Harden the fuck up." -uzikus
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    Maybe it's just because they look more intimidating?
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    this applies to women too right



    The worst part is that she barely even looks like a woman in that picture...
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