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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Preferences for masculinity in male bodies change across the menstrual cycle
Authors: Little, Anthony
Jones, Benedict C
Burriss, Robert
Contact Email: anthony.little@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: bodies
attractiveness
menstrual cycle
Issue Date: May-2007
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Little A, Jones BC & Burriss R (2007) Preferences for masculinity in male bodies change across the menstrual cycle, Hormones and Behavior, 51 (5), pp. 633-639.
Abstract: In human females cyclic shifts in preference have been documented for odour and physical and behavioral male traits. Women prefer the smell of dominant males, more masculine male faces, and men behaving more dominantly when at peak fertility than at other times in their menstrual cycle. Here we examine variation in preferences for body sexual dimorphism. Across two studies, both between and within-participant, we show that women prefer greater masculinity in male bodies at times when their fertility is likely highest, in the follicular phase of their cycle, particularly when rating for a short-term than when rating for a long-term relationship. In line with studies showing similar effects for facial sexual dimorphism, we also show that women prefer greater masculinity when they think themselves attractive than when they think themselves less attractive. These results indicate that women’s preferences for sexual dimorphism in male bodies follow a similar pattern as found for sexual dimorphism and dominance in other domains and such differences in preference may serve a similar function. Cyclic preferences could influence women to select partners when most likely to become pregnant that possess traits that may be most likely to maximize their offspring’s quality via attraction to masculinity or serve to help acquire investment via attraction to femininity.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/852
URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0018506X
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2007.03.006
Rights: Published in Hormones and Behavior by Elsevier. Elsevier believes that individual authors should be able to distribute their accepted author manuscripts for their personal voluntary needs and interests, e.g. posting to their websites or their institution’s repository, e-mailing to colleagues. The Elsevier Policy is as follows: Authors retain the right to use the accepted author manuscript for personal use, internal institutional use and for permitted scholarly posting provided that these are not for purposes of commercial use or systematic distribution. An "accepted author manuscript" is the author’s version of the manuscript of an article that has been accepted for publication and which may include any author-incorporated changes suggested through the processes of submission processing, peer review, and editor-author communications.
Affiliation: Psychology
University of Aberdeen
Psychology

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