Tag: Facemasks

What are We to Make of the Research Finding that Women Think Men Wearing Facemasks are More Attractive?

by Dr. Sinéad Murphy A study conducted by the school of psychology at Cardiff University has found that men whose faces are covered by medical masks are judged by women to be more attractive than those whose faces are not covered at all. The results are not yet published of research into the relative attractiveness of women whose faces are masked, but academics at Cardiff confirm that the phenomenon cuts more or less both ways. Now that recommendations/mandates/rules/guidance regarding mask wearing have been more or less lifted, it is dispiritingly clear by the numbers continuing to cleave to them that there are many among us who rather like their masks. But not the wildest speculation on why this might be was likely to have settled on the explanation that masking your face makes you more desirable. How can such a contradiction be, that we are enhanced as we are effaced? Shouldn’t we wish to see more of an attractive person rather than find them attractive because we see less of them? There is nothing to whet the philosophical appetite like such a paradox – resolution of apparent contradictions is its bread and butter. So here goes: Paradox: we like to see less of what we like to see. Resolution: there are two things to see in this case, not one, ...

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