Re: [evol-psych] Blondeness and Desirability
Doug Jones wrote:
1. Testosterone increases red cell production and gives males a darker complexion than females.
Blondeness and DesirabilityThe general rule according to van den Berghe and Frost, is that ideal skin color is lighter for females than for males.There's room to argue about the causes of this preference. I find the argument about skin color as a marker of nubility and endocrine function most plausible, but maybe symbolic associations of light and dark play a role too.
2. Testosterone increases height in males, making them taller than females.
3. Testosterone is responsible for characteristically male facial features.
4. Testosterone is manifest in the characteristically masculine scent signature.
Tall, dark, and handsome is a visual description of a masculine scent signature. The most likely
causal link to how these features become attractive to women is that olfactory input conditions
the visual response cycle because the olfactory input is sexually dimorphic and causes sexually
dimorphic changes in hormone levels (throughout life).
Lionesses prefer lions with darker manes, and lions with darker manes have higher testosterone levels.
This preference is not likely to be due to the good looks of the lion; but is very likely to be due to
testosterone related olfactory appeal.