Looking for a fling, fellows?
Then wrestle a lion, sword fight with a pirate...or perhaps just give yourself a swipe on your face: a study shows women are attracted to scars when looking for short-term relationships.
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The London Daily Mail reports researchers for the Universities of Liverpool and Stirling studied how scars affected mate choice. Men found women with or without scars attractive (whew! I have a cat scratch scar which has never gone away), but women found scars on men attractive primarily when looking for short-term flings.
I'm not sure I agree with one of the researcher's interpretations of the findings, though. He seems to think women believe a scar to be a sign of "masculinity," which women desire in the short-term, but scarlessness is a sign of sensitivity, which women desire long term. I quote Dr. Rob Burriss from the University of Liverpool:
"'Male and female participants were shown images of faces that displayed scarring from injury or illness, and were asked to rate how attractive they found the person for long-term and short-term relationships.
'Women may have rated scarring as an attractive quality for short-term relationships because they found it be a symbol of masculinity, a feature that is linked to high testosterone levels and an indicator of good genetic qualities that can be passed on to offspring.
'Men without scars, however, could be seen as more caring and therefore more suitable for long-term relationships."
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Despite being a scarred lady myself, I don't find scars that attractive. Perhaps straight women don't want to be a scarred male in the long-term because that big scar turns 'em off. Just a thought!
What do you think about scars: hot or not?