As ye judge

I guess it had to happen. Andrew Bolt has invited his blog readers to comment on the ‘beauty’ of Amy and myself.

Update 1: Sometime this afternoon, Amy’s picture seems to have been replaced by a distorted photo of Moreland Council councillor Andrea Sharam.

Update 2: Amy’s back.

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10 Responses to As ye judge

  1. Robert says:

    It’s worse than that — he not only asks his readers to comment on your and Amy King’s beauty, but he squashes her photo so that his readers are asked to comment on a distorted version of her!

    What a prat.

  2. Well done for staying cool about it Andrew.

    Gratuitous abuse from someone who doesn’t give a shit that you know something about econometrics in cahoots with other ignoramuses on the rampage. Really unpleasant. Then again you might be enjoying the notoriety. I certainly enjoyed the silliness of Paul Keating announcing that a study we’d done for CEDA was ‘piffle, just piffle’.

  3. Amy King says:

    Some people clearly have too much time on their hands. 😉

    Even worse, I managed to age 30 years between 11am and 4pm today. How canny! (Does anyone know who the poor woman now on Andrew Bolt’s page is?)

  4. ChrisPer says:

    Heh!
    The photos used clearly make Andrew Bolt look a complete prat, ‘accidentally’ distorting both of them to grotesquerie. I think he did that deliberately so as to minimise seriousness… An unserious post about a piece of research that is tailor-made for unserious treatment.

    (Damn, you mean that one on left is NATURAL??? WHAT THE ??!!!)

    I commend you both on seeing it as a silly thing. It is indeed.

  5. Sinclair Davidson says:

    I think the person with blue eyes looks very good. 🙂

  6. Personally, I think this type of research is neat. It is certainly a lot of fun!!! Of course, people need to remember that what you are trying to measure is the “all else equal” impact of beauty. This will tend to be swamped by other factors (such as party affiliation and policy platform) when they are not held equal.

  7. TB says:

    I hope you guys aren’t put off by Bolt’s little stunt. He and most of his followers seem just plain ignorant. I think the research (and all your other stuff, too) is great.

  8. ChrisPer says:

    OK I read the article more carefully, and I must say the illustrations are hugely better to look at now, except the one on the left 😉 .

    Could you perhaps design a more useful study?

    Given that beauty is partly innate and partly due to grooming, body language, external projections of self-image and style choices in hair and clothes, I suggest we would benefit from knowing what level of benefit a candidate could get from say switching to a business shirt and tie from a polo shirt, or adding a good jacket? Does dressing one step up in formality from the rest of the crowd win or lose points in a potential leader, and is that result consistent across class boundaries?

  9. Andrew Leigh says:

    ChrisPer, you should check out Dan Hamermesh’s beauty papers, particularly “Dress for Success: Does Primping Pay?” and “Changing Looks and Changing ‘Discrimination’: The Beauty of Economists”.

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