The claim: Dudes with beards are hostile and sexist toward women.
Just the facts: 223 American men and 309 Indian men completed an online survey that measured demographic variables, ambivalent sexism, and facial hair status. The authors stated that after "controlling for nationality, age, education level, relationship status, and sexual orientation," men with facial hair were more likely to agree with hostile sexist comments.
How legit is the science? Misleading at best. This study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. The researchers asked around 500 men to respond to "'nonsexist,' 'ambivalent,' 'benevolent,' or 'hostile' sexism" statements. Columbia University stats guru Andrew Gelman, however, does not recommend such a study be taken seriously. Noting that the researchers' initial analysis method yielded no significant results, he told BuzzFeed Science that "their headline finding appeared only because, after their first analysis failed, they shook and shook the data until they found something statistically significant."