Pretty Faces Have the Edge; Research Shows Macho Men Send the Wrong Signals
WOMEN are more attracted to men with sweet, pretty faces than square-jawed rugged types, according to new research.
A man with feminine-like facial features is seen as more loving, trustworthy, and a better bet as a father, the study suggests.
Men with strong, masculine features, on the other hand, are perceived as cold and dishonest. They are also regarded as older than feminine-looking men.
If the theory is correct, it could explain why film star Leonardo DiCaprio, hardly the world's most macho male, has so many adoring female fans.
The researchers led by David Perret, of the University of St Andrews in Scotland, set out to test the traditional view that masculine men and feminine women are most attractive to the opposite sex.
This is based on the premise that masculinity in men signals toughness and vigour, while femininity in women is associated with health and reproductive fitness.
However the study, in which Scottish and Japanese volunteers were shown computer-generated images of male and female faces, showed a more complex picture.
As expected, people generally preferred faces of women that were altered to make them appear more feminine. …