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Why Women Choose Manly Men

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen’s Face Research Laboratory have some news of interest for particularly “masculine”-looking men. Almost 4,800 women from around the world logged on to the organization’s online lab over the past year, viewed 20 pairs of male faces (similar, but one slightly more masculine than the other), and expressed their preferences. The Wall Street Journal reports on what the researchers found: “They could predict how masculine a woman likes her men based on her nation’s World Health Organization statistics for mortality rates, life expectancy and the impact of communicable disease.” In short, women in less healthy countries preferred more masculine men, perhaps for their evolutionary advantages (testosterone is linked to health). So if you’re blessed or burdened with a short, broad face and a strong jawline, you might want to think about moving to Argentina. (HT: Daniel Lippman)[%comments]