We also asked the student subjects questions about their own political views and personal traits. One political science study suggested that since women won the right to vote, facial hair became less popular among politicians because of its associations with domestic violence and chauvinism. Views Read Edit View history. Theodore Roosevelt is the 11th President with facial hair. Today, research and theory suggest that voters may stereotype men with facial hair. A Test of the Index Method March 1,
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In our experiment, subjects were shown photos of the members of Congress and asked to evaluate their masculinity and issue positions and say how likely they would be to vote for the candidates in the pictures. The Politics of Facial Hair Taft was the last President to have facial hair. Chester Arthur was one. We do not know, however, why some Congressmen choose to sport beards and mustaches — whether they were trying to signal or hide issue positions, or were merely making choices about facial hair for esthetic or comfort reasons. Our experiments certainly suggest that such voters are likely to stereotype bearded or mustachioed candidates as more masculine and less supportive of feminist policies, but less inclined to deploy force.