Looks and politics, women and small group dynamics and Dooce’s separation on this week’s DoubleX Gabfest.
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DoubleX Gabfest: The Weasel Face Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about how much looks matter in politics, how small group dynamics affect women, and the blogger Dooce’s separation.


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In this week’s Gabfest, DoubleX editors Jessica Grose and Hanna Rosin along with nymag.com staff writer Noreen Malone discuss how much looks matter in politics, how small group dynamics affect women, and the mommy blogger Dooce’s separation.

The DoubleX "coffee talk" endorsements:


Noreen Malone recommends the Tumblr blog Downton Abbeyoncé, which mashes up Beyonce lyrics and photos from Downton Abbey.

Hanna Rosin, who is about to head to South Korea, recommends the short story collection Drifting House by Krys Lee, who writes beautifully about the Korean immigrant experience.

Jessica Grose is getting on the Homeland bandwagon just after Claire Danes’ Golden Globes win. She is also loving comedian Chris Gethard’s sad, sweet memoir A Bad Idea I'm About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure.

Links to other things we mentioned:

Demonstrations of “Trustworthy,” “Competent,” and other face shapes, from Princeton’s Social Cognition and Social Neuroscience Lab.

Queen of the Mommy Bloggers” in the New York Times Magazine.

Female voters drawn to Romney this time” in the Boston Globe.


Jessica Grose is a frequent Slate contributor and the author of the novel Sad Desk Salad. Follow her on Twitter.

Noreen Malone is a senior editor at New York magazine.

Hanna Rosin is the co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia and a founder of DoubleX . She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.