Skip to comments.Faces and fortunes: What makes women attractive depends on how healthy the place they live is
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 colleaguesfor 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 remarkableand statistical analysis shows it is unconnected with a countrys 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 mans 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.
Somehow this is a pitch for 0bamacare.
Exclude 5 countries and there is not much there there.
Japan? I guess this poll was not taken around Fukishima.
I hope this is not some study paid for by US taxpayers.
This thread is useless without pictures.
“Oestrogen promotes features such as large eyes.”
I have never heard of this or that large eyes are feminine.
You don’t like bug eyes?
In before the hoochie-mama photos that men can’t resist posting.
Proportionately it is true. Hence why women put on eyeliner - make it look bigger.
“Doe-eyed” doesn’t ring a bell?
OK, you asked for it...
I’ve been in Nepal, and I saw a lot of attractive women there.
i want to post a pic or two, but i do not know how...
Britain and Singapore have a healthier index? Color me suspicious.
Sir, you have just caused me to lust.
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That video makes me want to move to hillbilly country and learn how to drawl.
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.
“In before the hoochie-mama photos that men cant resist posting.”
Oh Hoochie Mama.... That Burkha is working.
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.
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).
Thanks! LOL love it.
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.
Perhaps there are a few sailors here that spent some time on that continent in the 60's with a different opinion....maybe.?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Isn’t that the funny-looking nerd scaredy-girl on Big Bang Theory?
Why on earth would anyone want to study this topic?
Why on earth would anyone want to study this topic?
Three words——government research grants.
Not to worry...I’m out of that place and she’s back to being repulsive.
They don’t count teeth.
I don’t think so.
The Philippines has many lovely ladies, but is full of trash/pollution and mosquito driven disease.
It’s just ABBA:
Something about the hips gently swaying ...
Take away the four most outlying points and the slope is small.
Take away two more and it’s “what slope?”
Wow, dibs on the second one.
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