A new study reveals that men are looking for more than just a pretty face... they're looking for the perfect body, too. Just not at the same time.
According to new research from the University of Texas, when it comes to looking for marriage material, attractive facial features win out. But for hookups, men don't look above the neck: it's all about a curvy hourglass figure, specifically a .7 waist-to-hip ratio, if you don't mind. (Wondering what that looks like? Think Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio and actress Jessica Alba, whose measurements reportedly fit the ratio. Oh, no problem!)
The findings, published in the Evolution and Human Behavior journal, analyzed the reactions of 375 men and women asked to look at photos of members of the opposite sex and choose who they would like to date long- or short-term. The respondents could choose to see either the person's face or body. When it came to flings, men went for the body photos. But when choosing a long-term partner, they checked out the face. What Men Are Really Attracted To
Interestingly, when women were being asked to choose between a man's face or body, they consistently chose the face. But don't pat yourself on the back just yet—ladies have some strange inclinations, too. Like facial scarring, which University of Liverpool researchers discovered is an attractive attribute on a man for women looking for a short-term relationship. (Hey, we're happy to blame science for our bad-boy fetish).
The theory: it all comes down to the baby-making, men look for curves because the body holds stronger clues about a woman's fertility than her face does—though when it comes to "reproductive value," facial attractiveness is more important.
Don't worry too much, though—chances are that if you're reading this, you're already past your peak. For women, fertility starts to decline after 27 and "reproductive value" peaks at 17 years old, so we might as well just start adopting cats now and call it a day. Why We Become Sex Crazed At Age 27
Do you find yourself more attracted to a man's body or face?