Does self-rated attractiveness predict women’s preferences for facial masculinity? Data from an Arab sample

Alharbi, S. A.H., Holzleitner, I. J. , Saribay, S. A., Jones, B. C. and Lee, A. J. (2021) Does self-rated attractiveness predict women’s preferences for facial masculinity? Data from an Arab sample. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 7(2), pp. 105-113. (doi: 10.1007/s40750-021-00163-7)

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:S Adil Saribay was supported by the Czech Science Foundation project regno 18-10298S.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Alharbi, Sarah and Lee, Dr Anthony and Jones, Professor Benedict and Holzleitner, Dr Iris
Authors: Alharbi, S. A.H., Holzleitner, I. J., Saribay, S. A., Jones, B. C., and Lee, A. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology
ISSN (Online):2198-7335
Published Online:08 March 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology 7(2): 105-113
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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