Video: The Science of Sex Appeal11/08/2012°*Sexual attraction is NOT arbitrary.°Women have a more complex sexual agenda than men.°Facial featuresGolden ratio- Relative size of small part : big part is equivalent to the size of the big part : whole.oAnalysis does not discriminate between genders.Female v. maleoThinner brow (female)oSquared jaw (male)oMasculinity v. femininity is related to levels of testosterone v. progesterone/estrogen.SymmetryoDetermined by prenatal eventsoResponse to physical clues about genetic health (i.e. femininity, symmetry,fertility, etc.)oWomen tend to look more attractive when they are ovulating.°Body shapeBreasts 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.o6/10-5/10 is “more attractive”; however, such extremes would inhibit child-bearing ability in real life.Our brains assess attractiveness of the body as it moves.oMost 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).
°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.°VoicePitch of voice is related to the number of children fathered.Men tend to choose women with higher pitched voices (and vice versa).oWomen with higher estrogen levels have higher pitched voices.Higher pitched voices during ovulation Higher levels of attractivenessoMen 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.oSearch 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 chooseSocial/financial status often trumps physical attractiveness in relationships.°SmellHuman pheromones heighten sexual senses.