Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford
Attractiveness: Male vs Female
Beauty is thought to be "in the eye of the beholder," what may be deemed attractive by one person may not necessarily be considered attractive by the other. Beauty is not universal, as there are variations of perceived attractive qualities from person to person and country to country. Some countries consider curvier women more attractive than slimmer women, while the opposite is true for other countries.
Most positive and appealing traits agreed upon by both males and females have to do more so with the appearance of good overall health. Most people are deemed more attractive than others when they maintain good overall hygiene, and maintain healthy ADL skills. For both males and females most of the qualities associated with attractiveness tend to be traits that are associated with good physical health, which is either consciously or unconsciously associated with good reproductive health.
Most Attractive Traits- Both Males & Females
Good overall hygiene, i.e., neat and clean in appearance, pleasant smell, etc.
Lustrous, or otherwise healthy looking hair
White smile (attention on overall oral health)
Most Attractive Traits – Males
Smaller waist to hip ratios, i.e., (deemed favorable by men for child birthing bodies)
Women with higher pitched voices are considered more feminine and attractive
Long healthy hair (some men attribute long, healthy hair to good physical health)
Wearing less makeup
Women that wear red (red is seen as a romantic as sexy color)
A youthful appearance is preferred, as that's also an indicator of health.
Facial symmetry and bodily symmetry are preferred
Men tend to find women with fuller lips more attractive than women with smaller lips.
Curvy or traits deemed “feminine”.
Most Attractive Traits – Females
Height (women prefer taller men)
Men with deeper voices are deemed more attractive
Women prefer men with an athletic body
Men that have a little stubble rather than a full beard
Slower more deliberate movements
Men with broader shoulders
Great sense of humor
Masculine facial dimorphism is preferred
Physical and psychological attractiveness is subjective to the individual; attractiveness is not universal. However, for the most part most people agree, the appearance of good overall health is desirable. Many of our thoughts and feelings on attractiveness date back several hundred years ago. For example, some scientists believe a woman’s preference for taller men dates to our caveman days. The days in which men called all the shots, was the sole leader and provider. In a time and age where physical protection of the female and her potential offspring were integral to a woman, she would have been evolutionary geared to gravitate towards taller men who had a clear physical advantage in a confrontation. Although, this “advantage” may not seem so in modern times, researchers still believe that this evolutionary programming to find taller men being perceived as more attractive is still deeply embedded in the female psyche.
Some men just like women have held onto long held belief systems about attractiveness. Those beliefs include women with wider hips being viewed by men as having child birthing bodies. Women with a small waist and wide hips are deemed by men to be “more feminine” than women with a larger waist and smaller hips. Men also seem to prefer women with a lighter, higher voice as they are considered to be more attributable to women than men.