Men are naturally attracted to the most fertile women
Hormone drives and hormonal drivers
The eyes have it – and the lips, the noses, the breasts, the cheeks
From time to time, I like to report to you about the latest trends in cosmetic surgery, and one doesn’t have to be a statistician to know that these types of surgical procedures are largely the province of women who are trying to make themselves more attractive. That’s not to say that men aren’t engaging in more and more of these “nips and tucks” every year – they are. But by and large, it’s a woman’s game
But what I’ve often wondered is this: Why do women choose the types of procedures they do? What makes wrinkle-less skin, a more petite nose, wider eyes, fuller lips, or swollen breasts more attractive in the eyes of the bulk of women who elect to undergo cosmetic surgery? Is it simply the fashion of the moment (or decade) that dictates such things? Is it the norms of western civilization imposing arbitrary standards onto the fairer sex? Or is it a cookie-cutter image of sexiness imprinted on women by the media?
As it turns out, the answer to all of these questions is NO.
Apparently, what’s “attractive” in appearance is related to only one thing: Fertility. According to some recent UK research from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, men are naturally attracted to the most fertile women – that is, the women with higher levels of the hormone estrogen. How does this hormone manifest itself physically?
Surprise, surprise – it takes shape (oh yes, the shape!) in smoother skin, bigger eyes, fuller lips, smaller noses and almost certainly in larger breasts.
A team of scientist from the University came to this attractiveness = fertility conclusion by photographing the makeup-less faces of 59 women between 18 and 25, then relied on a panel of 30 volunteers (an equal number of men and women) to rate these faces by their levels of attractiveness. Consistently, panelists of both sexes ranked the women in roughly the order of their estrogen levels – those with the highest levels being the most attractive
Interestingly, similar photos of women wearing their makeup yielded NO correlation between attractiveness ratings and estrogen levels. What’s this mean? It means that women, either instinctually or through day-to-day observation of which of their peers get the most attention from men, know what makes them appear more fertile (i.e. attractive). And they use makeup – surgery, too – to even the odds between them.
Other attractiveness studies have shown that women tend to appear more alluring to men during their most fertile days in their monthly cycle. But apparently, high levels of estrogen do more for women than simply making them more attractive
Sex (and) Driving
Even though many men grumble about “women drivers,” the fairer sex is statistically much safer behind the wheel
And according to some research conducted by London’s Bradford University, women’s estrogen levels are what may make them safer drivers than men. Apparently, estrogen enhances attention span, the ability to learn rules, and mental flexibility – all skills that are crucial in driving applications.
As reported by a recent BBCNews online report, the study suggests that estrogen may enhance neuron activity in the frontal lobes of the brain. This is the zone of the brain that is most involved in maintaining focus, processing multiple sensory inputs, and governing actions within a series of rules
It isn’t, however, the area of the brain that governs map reading, navigation, reflexive emergency maneuvering, or parallel parking. Those skills use different gray matter for the most part, and still require a healthy dose of testosterone, some research suggests (and I believe).
So I guess the best way to drive is in mixed-sex pairs, each with one hand on the wheel. Only kidding; that would be a recipe for disaster – and of course it would be HER fault.
Driving toward the truth – attractive or not,
William Campbell Douglass II, MD