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Superman was an alien with unimaginable power. He had lasers for eyes, god-like strength, the ability to fly and super-nice hair. So, when the writers of the Superman comic series had to invent a nemesis for Superman, they could either go big or go bald; step forward Lex Luthor. It wasn’t by mistake that Lex was made without hair; the artists knew that bald men have a little something extra.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently completed sets of tests and experiments to determine which physical characteristics of a man might determine a character trait. The results, which I already knew anyway, are that the majority of women see bald men as dominant, confident, attractive, and strong. The experiments were very simple and candidates would be asked to rate a photograph of a man on how they imagined the man might behave.
The study found some interesting results overall and they revealed their finding recently. The findings show that hair is a focal point of self-expression and men without hair might be perceived as making a daring move which translates to dominance. Bald men are also reckoned to have more masculine jobs than our hairy cousins, making us come across as more dominant. In other words, I might work in IT, but I look like a man that breaks rocks with other rocks.
Bald men beware; this effect of baldness making people think you re awesome only works with complete baldness. Guys that have patchy baldness, bald-spots or partial baldness are not seen in the same light as men that have the full-on streamlined skulls.
Not only are we seen as more dominant than our hairy brothers, bald men are stereotyped as being more successful, wise and smarter. This apparently has something to do with bald men generally being older and more experienced.
“It could be speculated that although the characteristic of baldness decreases a man’s perceived physical attractiveness, it increases his perceived social dominance. There is a large body of literature that shows that although women like physically attractive men, they are also very attracted to signs of high social dominance. Consequently, it could now be explained how the characteristic was passed on. My speculation is that as humans evolved and the group became increasingly important for survival, males played a more integral role in the family group, and it may have been adaptive to evolve a morphological sign of this dominance-related role and one that made the adult males appear less threatening and more approachable to facilitate interactions with them.” – Dr Muscarella