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Faces and fortunes: What makes women attractive depends on how healthy the place they live is
The Economist ^ | May 3rd 2014

Posted on 04/30/2014 11:44:50 AM PDT by Gamecock

THAT health and beauty are linked is not in doubt. But it comes as something of a surprise that who is perceived as beautiful depends not only on the health of the person in question but also on the average level of health in the place where she lives. This, though, is the conclusion of a study just published in Biology Letters by Urszula Marcinkowska of the University of Turku, in Finland, and her colleagues—for Ms Marcinkowska has found that men in healthy countries think women with the most feminine faces are the prettiest whilst those in unhealthy places prefer more masculine-looking ones.

Ms Marcinkowska came to this conclusion by showing nearly 2,000 men from 28 countries various versions of the same female faces, modified to look less or more feminine, and thus reflect the effects of different levels of oestrogen and testosterone. Oestrogen promotes features, such as large eyes and full lips, that are characteristically feminine. Testosterone promotes masculine features, such as wide faces and strong chins.

As the chart shows, the correlation is remarkable—and statistical analysis shows it is unconnected with a country’s wealth or its ratio of men to women and thus the amount of choice available to men. The cause, though, is unclear.

Previous studies have shown that women with feminine features are more fertile. A man’s preference for them is thus likely to enhance his reproductive success. Ms Marcinkowska speculates that testosterone-induced behavioural characteristics like dominance, which might be expected to correlate with masculine-looking faces even in women (they certainly do in men), help in the competition for resources needed to sustain children once they are born. But why that should be particularly important in an unhealthy country is unclear.


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1 posted on 04/30/2014 11:44:50 AM PDT by Gamecock
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Somehow this is a pitch for 0bamacare.


2 posted on 04/30/2014 11:45:26 AM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: Gamecock

ttiuwp


3 posted on 04/30/2014 11:47:29 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a Child Rapist and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: Gamecock

Exclude 5 countries and there is not much there there.


4 posted on 04/30/2014 11:47:59 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Gamecock

Japan? I guess this poll was not taken around Fukishima.


5 posted on 04/30/2014 11:48:56 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Gamecock

I hope this is not some study paid for by US taxpayers.


6 posted on 04/30/2014 11:49:40 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Gamecock

This thread is useless without pictures.


7 posted on 04/30/2014 11:51:00 AM PDT by yuleeyahoo (Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Gamecock

“Oestrogen promotes features such as large eyes.”

I have never heard of this or that large eyes are feminine.


8 posted on 04/30/2014 11:51:25 AM PDT by Reaganez
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To: Reaganez

You don’t like bug eyes?


9 posted on 04/30/2014 11:53:59 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: Gamecock

In before the hoochie-mama photos that men can’t resist posting.


10 posted on 04/30/2014 11:54:19 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: yuleeyahoo
OK


11 posted on 04/30/2014 11:54:58 AM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: Reaganez

Proportionately it is true. Hence why women put on eyeliner - make it look bigger.


12 posted on 04/30/2014 11:55:20 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Reaganez

“Doe-eyed” doesn’t ring a bell?


13 posted on 04/30/2014 11:57:05 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: yuleeyahoo
This thread is useless without pictures.

OK, you asked for it...


14 posted on 04/30/2014 12:02:53 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Gamecock

I’ve been in Nepal, and I saw a lot of attractive women there.


15 posted on 04/30/2014 12:10:54 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Uncle Miltie

Attractive
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NFWgG4_6NI

NOT attractive
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o60v_reeZgw


16 posted on 04/30/2014 12:11:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: yuleeyahoo

i want to post a pic or two, but i do not know how...


17 posted on 04/30/2014 12:16:33 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Gamecock

Britain and Singapore have a healthier index? Color me suspicious.


18 posted on 04/30/2014 12:23:12 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: BenLurkin

Sir, you have just caused me to lust.


19 posted on 04/30/2014 12:25:59 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: latina4dubya
Simple.

Right click over the pic you want to post and select copy shortcut. You may need to click on properties and right click the web address in the box that pops open.

Type the following on FR: <img src="">

Paste the web address of the photo between the quotation marks.

20 posted on 04/30/2014 12:26:27 PM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: MNDude

That video makes me want to move to hillbilly country and learn how to drawl.


21 posted on 04/30/2014 12:28:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Cementjungle

I must be in a VERY unhealthy place at the moment-—she looks attractive to me at the moment. I’d best get the hell out of here and go home.


22 posted on 04/30/2014 12:30:27 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Gamecock

23 posted on 04/30/2014 12:33:20 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: latina4dubya
Here is a start!

 photo helen-1.jpg

 photo hitlery.jpg

 photo naked_cowgirl--300x300.jpg

24 posted on 04/30/2014 12:34:54 PM PDT by Clay Moore ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: BenLurkin

Nice juxtaposition.


25 posted on 04/30/2014 12:36:36 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Gamecock

“In before the hoochie-mama photos that men can’t resist posting.”

Oh Hoochie Mama.... That Burkha is working.


26 posted on 04/30/2014 12:41:57 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Do women like small eyes one men?

Women put on eye liner to make it look like they have really thick eye lashes which makes eyes look bigger.

Some men have thick eye lashes too.


27 posted on 04/30/2014 12:42:43 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: Calvin Locke
doe-eyed (dō′īd′) adj. 1. Having wide-open, innocent-appearing eyes: doe-eyed children gazing at the shelves of candy. 2. Credulous and unsophisticated; naive: "Many doe-eyed investors go bankrupt within a year, sometimes by expanding too fast, sometimes because of pure ignorance" (Scott Baldauf). Not necessarily large eyes. I thought large eyes were attractive on both men and women.
28 posted on 04/30/2014 12:45:00 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: House Atreides

Dude.....!


29 posted on 04/30/2014 12:50:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Reaganez

No, I don’t like really small nor really big. But probably smaller than the average woman’s.

No, they use eyeLINER to make the eyes bigger. We use MASCARA to make lashes look longer, which is the end in itself, not the eyeballs - people love long lashes (mine are supposed to be great, per professionals).


30 posted on 04/30/2014 12:50:29 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Cementjungle

Thanks! LOL love it.


31 posted on 04/30/2014 12:51:37 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Gamecock

Over my lifetime, I’ve also noticed that party affiliation has a lot to do with a woman’s looks also. Most DemocRATS are real dawgs.


32 posted on 04/30/2014 12:51:43 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Reaganez

33 posted on 04/30/2014 12:51:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Gamecock
AUSTRALIA..!COME ON...REALLY..!

Perhaps there are a few sailors here that spent some time on that continent in the 60's with a different opinion....maybe.?

34 posted on 04/30/2014 12:52:08 PM PDT by unread (Rescind the 17th. Amendment...bring the power BACK to the states...!)
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To: Gamecock

This entire article’s premise fades to simplicity and obviousness if you reverse the direction of causality. Instead of suggesting that a healthier society’s men prefer more feminine women, consider that more feminine women are more likely to appear in a healthier society. In a less healthy society, the women may subsequently not look as feminine.


35 posted on 04/30/2014 12:53:40 PM PDT by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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To: Reaganez

Generally the perception is that women are more child-like, and that is the goal. So a woman who seems more child-like, such as your big child eyes, is healthier and more youthful and thus, more likely to bear children in kind.


36 posted on 04/30/2014 12:54:58 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: iacovatx

But that does not mean a man in sick society will prefer more masculine.

Yet, they say it does here. They’re still looking for more masculine, not the few feminine that appear.


37 posted on 04/30/2014 12:56:47 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

No, when people have really thick eyelashes and a lot of eyelashes the base of the eye looks the color of eyelashes. In most people black or dark brown. Instead of the flesh of the eye lid.

Mascara is used to make eyelashes look thicker.

I am embarrassed to know this but I have three sisters that talked about his incessantly in my teen years.


38 posted on 04/30/2014 12:57:11 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: BenLurkin

Isn’t that the funny-looking nerd scaredy-girl on Big Bang Theory?


39 posted on 04/30/2014 12:57:27 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Gamecock
The researcher:


40 posted on 04/30/2014 1:01:15 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Gamecock

Why on earth would anyone want to study this topic?

.


41 posted on 04/30/2014 1:04:05 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Mears

Why on earth would anyone want to study this topic?
********************************************************************

Three words——government research grants.


42 posted on 04/30/2014 1:16:17 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: BenLurkin

Dude.....!
*****************************************

Not to worry...I’m out of that place and she’s back to being repulsive.


43 posted on 04/30/2014 1:17:26 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Straight Vermonter

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/lovely.wav


44 posted on 04/30/2014 1:23:30 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

They don’t count teeth.


45 posted on 04/30/2014 2:24:33 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Gamecock

I don’t think so.

The Philippines has many lovely ladies, but is full of trash/pollution and mosquito driven disease.


46 posted on 04/30/2014 3:40:21 PM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

It’s just ABBA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfZdskHLFSE

Something about the hips gently swaying ...


47 posted on 04/30/2014 3:57:40 PM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: Gamecock

Take away the four most outlying points and the slope is small.

Take away two more and it’s “what slope?”


48 posted on 04/30/2014 4:02:04 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: Gamecock

Mormon Cowgirls of Southern Utah


49 posted on 04/30/2014 4:11:09 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Utah Binger

Wow, dibs on the second one.


50 posted on 04/30/2014 8:30:12 PM PDT by JohnnyP
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