Angier, Natalie. 1998. Nothing Becomes a Man More Than a Woman's
York Times, August 31.
In a new study of facial attractiveness, researchers from Scotland and
found that, much to their astonishment, people of both sexes prefer
looking men over rugged, manly-miened men. When shown a series of computerized
photographs of young men whose images had been manipulated to make
either more masculine or more feminine than the norm, viewers designated
artificially feminized faces as somewhat more attractive than the average
more appealing by far than the masculinized versions.
The results, which appeared in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature,
whether the faces shown or the people passing judgment were Japanese
The scientists had predicted that such traditional hallmarks of male
dominance and maturity as a
big jaw, square face, prow nose, and heavy brow would prove impressive
to men and
irresistible to women, who in theory are ever on the lookout for their
alpha mate. Instead,
appraisers seemed drawn to a touch of girlishness -- slender nose,
lightened brow, adorable chin.
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