Archives for October 2015

Facebook gives $200K to study cyberbullying, dating violence.

 This story is an important development, given that Facebook is clearly a major vehicle for cyberbullying.  An Indian-American researcher is heading up the study.It's fitting, or karmic, to post this story since I've just finished visiting Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, and Jaipur in India. Wonderful country!"Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., a cyberbullying expert, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University has received … [Read more...]

What ideal body type do men favor? Science is no help.

 According to this review of recent studies,  studies are all over the place regarding men's preferences for a woman's figure:Mannequins in store front display.   Ideal body type. America has become obsessed with women like Christina Hendricks, Beyoncé, and Kim Kardashian for their voluptuous body types à la Marilyn Monroe. Although these women have been glorified for their curves by men, science suggests men are initially drawn to women who look more like Kate Moss did in the 90s. According to … [Read more...]

Facial profiling technology for Pretty-Wannabes.

 Oh no. I've written blogs about facial recognition here (and facial discrimination too), but never anything specifically about facial profiling. While facial profiling sounds 1984ish, it also completes the analogy I've been slowly drawing between those sound-alike concepts of "face" and "race." What's even harder to take, is that this effort to "to identify [facial] areas which conform less to the ideal proportions" and improve them comes from my home-away-from-home, Manchester, England. I … [Read more...]

Best looking candidates win? Lookism research says yes.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Sept 17 that science suggests why certain politicians win election to the highest offices in the land. Might this come into play in the GOP primaries here in the US? 'You betcha,' to use one of the fave expressions of Sarah Palin, a veteran of a recent campaign for VP (along with Senator John McCain for POTUS).Lookism research findings apply to America as well as Australia.A former beauty queen, Palin watched as lookism reared its ugly head recently when … [Read more...]