What Attracts Women To Men?
One of the questions that men have wanted to know the answer to for generations is “what do women want?”. Modern research suggests that the answer is actually going to be found in studies of biology.
It seems that when women are ovulating, they prefer stereotypical image of a sexy man, and they may even be more willing to flirt with him at this point in their menstrual cycle.
This was the result of work to analyze dozens of psychological studies on more than 5000 women, to see if there was any common pattern that indicated what a woman’s preference in a man might be during the time of ovulation.
It turned out that when women are ovulating, their interest feature on men with masculine bodies, symmetrical facial features, dominant male behavior, and other characteristics of what we might call the alpha male.
Yet these interests and attractions seem to only exist when a woman is ovulating.
Biologically it makes sense, because these are clues to the most desirable male genes which they would want to pass on to their children. It turns out that on less fertile days of the menstrual cycle, women seem to prefer partner who is less dominant, are more likely to be there for them to help care for their offspring and bring up the children. In other words, someone more stable.
What’s interesting about this is that in study after study, the percentage of children fathered by somebody other than the partner of the woman bringing up the children is up to 20%: this suggests that women are biologically driven to seek out men who carry the better genes for the offspring, while at the same time seeking out men who are more likely to stick around and help bring up the children.
This finding is confirmed by the fact that women are more likely to flirt or express interest in a more dominant and charismatic man during ovulation than they are at any other time of the menstrual cycle.
To establish this, researchers studied 31 women who acted in different ways when presented with a masculine man or a “good dad” – the latter being assumed to be a more stable long-term partner. The assumption here of course is that the masculine man might have a shorter term mating pattern (as the psychologists so elegantly put it).
Certainly it is true that these variations of female behavior were confirmed during the study, and it’s also possible that this is an explanation of why women fall for men who they basically know will not be a good long-term partner.
Of course the studies don’t stand alone: they opened the door into other questions about what women might prefer in terms of partner on a more permanent basis.
An earlier study demonstrated that some of the characteristics that women look for in men are as follows:
First of all height. Women consider tall men to be attractive, at least if the evidence of the personal ads is anything to go by, where 80% of women say that they want to meet a man who is over 6 feet tall. It’s also true that men who indicate they are over 6 feet tall receive far more responses than other men play similar adverts. It’s extraordinary to that women appear to find height one of the critical features in the father of their children even when their selecting sperm donors.
Remarkably enough, taller than average men have been shown to have more girlfriends and more children – which is the most obvious and overt proof of their popularity in women’s eyes as as potential fathers.
Not only that, but tall men seem to achieve higher social and economic status at least in the Western culture. Bizarrely, each added inch of height adds several thousand pounds to a man’s annual salary. On average, estimates have shown that a six-foot tall man will earn hundred thousand pounds more across a 30 year career than a man who is 5.5 feet tall.
Another interesting finding is that a woman sense of smell reaches its peak around the time of her ovulation. According to new scientific research, a woman will literally sniff out a man’s genetic make-up before she decides if he’s right for her.
A woman’s sense of smell reaches a peak around the time of her ovulation, the 24-hour window -during the monthly menstrual cycle in which she can become pregnant.
The genes responsible for fighting off disease-causing bacteria and viruses are found in a group of genes called the major histocompatibility complex, or MHC.
Different people have various versions of these genes – and it turns out that women can benefit in two ways from mating with men whose MHC genes are dissimilar to their own.
Such a mate is likely to have more dissimilar genes in general, so finding someone dissimilar attractive might help to prevent many of the birth defects associated with reproducing with close genetic relatives.
Needless to say of course the dynamics of mating are not that simple: women also seem to prefer strong, muscular and athletic men for long-term partnerships and the short-term liaison as well.
Basically in fact, women seem to be attracted to a stomach that is lean, with a muscular upper torso. This seems to be characteristic that is judged favorably by both men and women, because men also judge other men with a high shoulder to hip circumference ratio as more physically attractive and socially dominant.
It’s also true that men with this high ratio begin having sexual intercourse earlier than their peers. And indeed, when asked, men with this profile to the torso also claim that they have more sexual partners than slim shouldered men. And they not only have more partners, but they also have more affairs – and indeed they are chosen more often by women who are already in permanent relationships and who want to have an affair!