I know, I know, politics don’t belong on a beauty blog. Except when they do—because our favourite publisher of dubious studies, the Daily Mail, has just informed the world of some new research saying that conservative politicians are seen as more attractive than their liberal counterparts. Yowza! But that’s not all. Right-wingers tend to get more votes because of their good looks, too.
Now, all of this “research” happened in Finland and Sweden, where I’ve never been but imagine to be exclusively populated by über-tall, über-blonde, über-gorgeous individuals. Isn’t everyone attractive in those countries? And wouldn’t they have higher standards of beauty than the rest of us, seeing as they’re surrounded 24/7 by other über-tall, über-blonde, über-gorgeous individuals?
Apparently not. Researchers showed photos of 1,357 anonymous Finnish political candidates to 2,500 people from five non-Scandinavian countries (including the US and Britain), and asked them to judge them on a scale from ‘very ugly’ to ‘very beautiful.’ And supposedly the consensus is “universal”: conservatives are hotter.
Hmmm… do we all agree on this? Let’s reach across the aisle and check out some candidates closer to home. I think this calls for a vote!
I’m staying non-partisan here, I really am, but that beehive? Has got to go.
You do know Mr. Brown is an ex-Cosmopolitan centrefold, by the way, don’t you?
All I’m gonna say is that dentists are doing REALLY good cosmetic work these days. (Post on that coming soon, by the way!)
Now, the hypothesis put forward for all of this ‘conservatives are hotter’ business was that “people who are seen or consider themselves beautiful tend to be more anti-egalitarian… and hence more attracted to right-wing politics,” said researcher Niclas Berggren.
What? I don’t consider myself beautiful (I just try my best), but to me this sounds like a fancy way of calling us beauty-aware folks selfish. And it’s THAT part I take issue with. Is it really so selfish to want to have nice hair? Long eyelashes? Painted toenails?
I don’t think so. (Nor do I think caring about beauty determines how you vote.) But you tell me…
Do you agree that the righties are the hotties, or were left-wing peeps denied here?
Have you ever voted for someone because you thought he/she were more attractive than the other person?
Do you think beautiful people (or those of us who try to be) are selfish?