No evidence that partnered and unpartnered gay men differ in their preferences for male facial masculinity

Cassar, R., Shiramizu, V. , Debruine, L. M. and Jones, B. C. (2020) No evidence that partnered and unpartnered gay men differ in their preferences for male facial masculinity. PLoS ONE, 15(3), e0229133. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0229133)

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Abstract

Women’s preferences for masculine characteristics in men’s faces have been extensively studied. By contrast, little is known about how gay men respond to masculine facial characteristics. One area of disagreement in the emerging literature on this topic is the association between gay men’s partnership status and masculinity preference. One study found that partnered gay men showed stronger preferences for masculine faces than did single gay men, while another study found that partnered gay men showed weaker preferences for masculine faces than did single gay men. We re-examined this issue in a sample of 618 gay men, finding no significant difference between partnered and single gay men’s masculinity preferences. Together with the mixed previous findings, our null result suggests that the effect of partnership status on gay men’s face preferences is not robust.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Shiramizu, Dr Victor and Debruine, Professor Lisa and Cassar, Miss Rachel and Jones, Professor Benedict
Creator Roles:
Cassar, R.Conceptualization, Formal analysis, Methodology, Writing – original draft, Writing – review and editing
Shiramizu, V.Conceptualization, Writing – original draft, Writing – review and editing
Debruine, L.Conceptualization, Formal analysis, Methodology, Resources, Software, Supervision, Writing – original draft, Writing – review and editing
Jones, B.Conceptualization, Methodology, Resources, Supervision, Writing – original draft, Writing – review and editing
Authors: Cassar, R., Shiramizu, V., Debruine, L. M., and Jones, B. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Journal Name:PLoS ONE
Publisher:Public Library of Science
ISSN:1932-6203
ISSN (Online):1932-6203
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Cassar et al.
First Published:First published in PLoS ONE 15(3):e0229133
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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172112KINSHIP: How do humans recognise kin?Lisa DebruineEuropean Research Council (ERC)647910NP - Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNi)