NCBI ROFL: Perceptions of body hair on white women: effects of labeling.

By ncbi rofl | December 2, 2009 4:00 pm

“This study examined 118 college students’ perceptions of a White woman with body hair as a function of two different possible attributions. Participants reacted to a video of a young woman described as being either a feminist or as having a medical condition that hindered shaving. Students rated the woman on a variety of interpersonal traits. Analysis showed a main effect for body hair and for description but no interaction. The woman with body hair, whether for feminist or alternative reasons, was rated as significantly less friendly, moral, and relaxed, as well as more aggressive, unsociable, strong, nonconformist, dominant, assertive, independent, and in better physical condition than the same woman without body hair.”

  • Anonymous

    Can someone find a free full-text source? I'm wondering why the woman with body hair was found to be in better physical condition.

  • Joanna Cake

    What Anon said! And why didnt they notice that it was the same woman?


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