Muscular young men are likely to have more sex partners than their less-chiseled peers, researchers at the University of California Los Angeles said on Monday.
Their study, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, suggests muscles in men are akin to elaborate tail feathers in male peacocks: They attract females looking for a virile mate.
“Women are predisposed to prefer muscularity in men,” said study author David Frederick of UCLA.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: that’s not only not odd, that isn’t even news! Golly gee, you mean that women are capable of being shallow and hooking up with some guy just because he’s good looking and well-built? Have these people been to high school and/or college?
Now, we can argue all day about how much beauty standards for men are influenced by popular culture and all that, and that’s not the debate I’m looking to have. What I find fascinating is that there’s anyone surprised by this.
Okay, there was one bit of news out of the article:
“Most research is focused on what men find physically attractive in women and the career traits women find attractive in men,” Frederick said by telephone. “Much less research is devoted to what women find attractive.”
He said prior studies concluded a man’s desirability was influenced more by his earning potential and commitment. His study found physical characteristics mattered more.
I know, I know, you’re as stunned as I am that women actually are attracted to attractive men whether or not those men are driving a
substitute penis Porsche. Somehow we’ll all have to make sense of this world where up is up, black is black, and right is right.