The perception of attractiveness can have a significant effect on how people are judged in terms of employment or social opportunities, friendship, sexual behavior, and marriage. A study of the reports of college students regarding those traits in individuals which make for attractiveness and repulsiveness argued that static traits, such as beauty or ugliness of features, hold a position subordinate to groups of physical elements like expressive behavior, affectionate disposition, grace of manner, aristocratic bearing, social accomplishments and personal habits. Such studies consistently find that activity in certain parts of the orbitofrontal cortex increases with increasing attractiveness of faces. The same study finds that for faces and bodies alike, the medial part of the orbitofrontal cortex responds with greater activity to both very attractive and very unattractive pictures.
Beards, baldness and body hair - why men are hairy? Beards, baldness and body hair - why men are hairy 31 May, Men and women have some obvious differences for obvious reasons, normally related to reproduction and the gender roles that spawn from them. Why, for instance, do men grow beards? Why are they more likely to go bald? When competing for the attention of a female, a male has to be more dominant than his peers: Both men and women see men with beards as being older, stronger, and more aggressive. Meaning guys with beards are less likely to be messed with by guys without.
Which does raise the question of who, exactly, was vulnerable to whom. This is the sort of story that makes one weary, deep down in the bones: So much for training judges to discard the victim-blaming myths with which they may have grown up; so much, arguably, for trying to diversify the judiciary when this verdict was handed down by a female judge, Joanna Greenberg QC.