Meek Men Stand Tall

Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia), July 20, 2011 | Go to article overview

Meek Men Stand Tall


Byline: Miranda Cashin

THE Global Financial Crisis may have wreaked havoc on the markets, but it could have done wonders for meeker males, according to new research from the University of Queensland.

In a recent edition of the Royal Society journal, Biology Letters, UQ researchers Anthony Lee and Dr Brendan Zietsch demonstrated that environmental factors could influence a woman's choice of mate.

They found that when women were faced with the threat of disease, they were more likely to choose more masculine males with a[approximately]good-gene' traits.

But during financial hardship or resource scarcity they look to afemininea males who are more nurturing and display agood-dada genes.

Mr Lee said the research was a continuation of his work in cross-cultural studies that showed women in countries with a higher instance of disease were more likely to choose males with strong masculine features.

He said this was due to the immune benefits such males could pass on to their children.

aMasculine males have increased testosterone and robust immune systems,a he said.

This would indicate that if you mate with such a male, their increased immunity would be passed on to a child.

But there is a trade-off for this choice in partner as increased testosterone is also linked with traits that lead to being a bad parent, such as a preference for short-term relationships and unfaithfulness.

On the other hand, during times of resource scarcity and financial hardship, women will trade-off the immune benefits and seek men who display nurturing qualities and agood-dada traits. …

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