You can read women's political ideology in their facial features. Call it the "The Bachmann Effect."
Photos via U.S. Congress
PROBLEM: Clothing, make-up, and physical reaction to the phrase "universal healthcare" aside, can you determine someone's political affiliation just by looking at their face? (Answers are below, if you want to play along.)
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METHODOLOGY: Researchers at UCLA used a sophisticated computer program -- the "FaceGen Modeler"-- to evaluate the features of the 434 members of the 111th House of Representatives against the typical facial characteristics of their gender. They then showed the photos to 120 undergrads and had them guess each representative's political affiliation.
RESULTS: Republican congresswomen had the most sex-typical faces. When the subtle dimensions of their features were taken as a whole, they were rated twice as typically feminine as their Democratic cohorts. The correlation between femininity and party alignment was directly related to their voting records: the more conservatively they voted, the more sex-typical their face.