HDF 304 Lecture Notes.docx - Video The Science of Sex Appeal*Sexual attraction is NOT arbitrary Women have a more complex sexual agenda than men Facial

HDF 304 Lecture Notes.docx - Video The Science of Sex...

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Video: The Science of Sex Appeal 11/08/2012 ° *Sexual attraction is NOT arbitrary. ° Women have a more complex sexual agenda than men. ° Facial features Golden ratio- Relative size of small part : big part is equivalent to the size of the big part : whole. o Analysis does not discriminate between genders. Female v. male o Thinner brow (female) o Squared jaw (male) o Masculinity v. femininity is related to levels of testosterone v. progesterone/estrogen. Symmetry o Determined by prenatal events o Response to physical clues about genetic health (i.e. femininity, symmetry, fertility, etc.) o Women tend to look more attractive when they are ovulating. ° Body shape Breasts indicate passage through puberty, thus drawing attention [in regards to sexual maturity/reproductive capability]. Clothing, makeup, etc. can inhibit true factors in determining levels of attraction. Ideal female feature: Waist 7/10 as wide as the hips. o 6/10-5/10 is “more attractive”; however, such extremes would inhibit child-bearing ability in real life. Our brains assess attractiveness of the body as it moves. o Most attractive stances for both the observer and the observed: Straight torso/shoulder swagger (males) Curvaceous body/hip swing (females) o “Sexy strut” indicates healthy genes, which allow for reproduction (gene survival).
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° We don’t always snag a “perfect 10”- rather, we settle for what we can get. Individuals with “higher numbers” receive more offers/advances from others and are therefore able to hold out longer. Individuals with “lower numbers” gradually work their way down the line. Partners tend to find a match within a point of themselves. Physical attractiveness is NOT the only factor in finding a sexual partner. ° Voice Pitch of voice is related to the number of children fathered. Men tend to choose women with higher pitched voices (and vice versa). o Women with higher estrogen levels have higher pitched voices. Higher pitched voices during ovulation Higher levels of attractiveness o Men with higher testosterone levels have lower pitched voices. Hormone levels correlate to the development of other “attractive” physical features (i.e. facial symmetry, etc.). ° Differences between what individuals want in a partner is evident in the how they present themselves. Ex: Men with assets (i.e. cars, clothes, money, etc.) Women are more “choosey” about their partners due to the higher level of risk involved. o Search for clues of stability, wealth, health, etc. that are indicative of the male’s ability to care for her [and her child]. While men tend to prioritize physical attractiveness, women rank social status. ° Keeping the partner you choose Social/financial status often trumps physical attractiveness in relationships. ° Smell Human pheromones heighten sexual senses.
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