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Handsome, not high-status men get the girl

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    September 30, 2004 Discover your GeoFather and GeoMother A new company is offering mtDNA/Y-chromosome tests at $197 each. posted by Dienekes at 23:44 EET
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      September 30, 2004
      Discover your "GeoFather" and "GeoMother"
      A new company is offering mtDNA/Y-chromosome tests at $197 each.

      posted by Dienekes at 23:44 EET

      Handsome, not high-status men get the girl
      It has been commonly assumed that men prefer beautiful women and women
      prefer powerful men. According to this study, women and men actually both
      prefer good looking people rather than high-status people of the opposite

      Anthropol Anz. 2003 Sep;61(3):331-41.

      Results of an explorative empirical study on human mating in Germany:
      handsome men, not high-status men, succeed in courtship.

      Pashos A et al.

      Recent research on human mating depicts men as searching for physical
      attractiveness (PA) and women as searching for status. To identify the
      mechanisms which lead to universal, biologically interpretable structures in
      social processes, we focused on the proximate causes for inter- and
      intrasexual differences in human mating preferences, attraction, and
      tactics. We collected data on 180 young singles (mean age 26.9 years)
      without a steady relationship. A questionnaire and a video sequence (20-30
      seconds) of each subject was taken. Next, each video sequence was rated by
      approximately 20 individuals of the opposite sex, who also participated in
      this study. Surprisingly, the answers given by male and female subjects
      regarding sociosexual behaviour and mating preferences are predominantly
      congruent. Sex differences among preferences for good looking and
      high-status partners were small or even insignificant. Lower educated
      subjects had considerably higher status preferences than higher educated
      individuals. In both sexes, PA was much more preferred in a potential
      partner than status. For both sexes, physical appearance was decisive for
      the subject's dating attractiveness. Male, but not female dating
      attractiveness also correlates with a kind and charismatic appearance.
      Furthermore, there was a positive linear relationship between men's PA and
      their number of sexual partners within the last year. Men with more than
      four sexual partners were all above-average in PA, while the most attractive
      women had a medium number of sexual partners. However, in this respect,
      status had no influence. The results show that sex differences in mating are
      more complex than hitherto assumed.

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