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Title: Does self-rated attractiveness predict women's preferences for facial masculinity? Data from an Arab sample
Author(s): Alharbi, Sarah AH
Holzleitner, Iris J
Saribay, S Adil
Jones, Benedict C
Lee, Anthony J
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Keywords: facial attractiveness
mate preferences
cultural differences
individual differences
condition-dependent preferences
market value
Issue Date: 8-Mar-2021
Date Deposited: 29-Jan-2021
Citation: Alharbi SA, Holzleitner IJ, Saribay SA, Jones BC & Lee AJ (2021) Does self-rated attractiveness predict women's preferences for facial masculinity? Data from an Arab sample. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology.
Abstract: Objectives Because more attractive women may be better able to attract and/or retain masculine mates, many researchers have proposed that women who consider themselves to be more physically attractive will show stronger preferences for men displaying masculine facial characteristics. Empirical evidence for this putative association between women’s self-rated attractiveness and preference for facial masculinity has come almost entirely from studies of Western women. Thus, we investigated whether this pattern of results also occurs in a sample of non-Western women. Methods We investigated the relationship between self-rated attractiveness and facial-masculinity preferences in a sample of Arab women (N = 281). Facial-masculinity preferences were assessed from attractiveness judgments of masculinized versus feminized versions of face images. Results By contrast with previous findings for Western women’s self-rated attractiveness, we observed no compelling evidence that Arab women who considered themselves to be more attractive showed stronger preferences for masculine men. Conclusions Our results suggest that previously reported associations between self-rated attractiveness and masculinity preferences might be somewhat culture specific, potentially reflecting cultural differences in typical mating strategies.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s40750-021-00163-7
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