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The Feminine Face of the GOP

- September 28, 2012

Among Republicans, but not Democrats,women were more feminine than men were masculine, and these very factors related to the accuracy of political party judgments.Moreover, the sex-typicality of facial cues mediated the effect of politician sex and party on perceivers’ judgments of political party affiliation. As predicted therefore, political affiliation was strongly related to gendered facial cues, and observers exploited this fact when providing judgments of politicians.

From a new article by Colleen Carpinella and Kerri Johnson. The press release is here.  There is also this finding, quoting from the press release:

bq. In a finding that the researchers do not view as a particularly revealing, the faces of male Republicans, on average, scored as less masculine than the faces of their Democratic counterparts.  “It may be unnecessary for Republican men to exhibit masculinity through their appearance,” Carpinella said. “Their policy advocacy and leadership roles may already confer these characteristics on them.”

And if you want to Google some faces:

bq. Among Republican representatives whose features ranked as highly feminine were Kay Granger (Texas–District 12), Cathy Rodgers McMorris (Washington–District 5) and Michele Bachmann (Minnesota–District 6). Among Democratic representatives whose features ranked as less gender-typical were Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (formerly at-large representative for South Dakota), Rosa DeLauro (Connecticut–District 3) and Anna G. Eshoo (California–District 14).