Mate preferences and choices for facial and body hair in heterosexual women and homosexual men: influence of sex, population, homogamy, and imprinting-like effect

Valentova, Jaroslava Varella, Varella, Marco Antonio Corrêa, Bartova, Klára, Sterbova, Zuzana and Dixson, Barnaby James Wyld (2017) Mate preferences and choices for facial and body hair in heterosexual women and homosexual men: influence of sex, population, homogamy, and imprinting-like effect. Evolution and Human Behavior, 38 2: 241-248. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2016.10.007

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Author Valentova, Jaroslava Varella
Varella, Marco Antonio Corrêa
Bartova, Klára
Sterbova, Zuzana
Dixson, Barnaby James Wyld
Title Mate preferences and choices for facial and body hair in heterosexual women and homosexual men: influence of sex, population, homogamy, and imprinting-like effect
Journal name Evolution and Human Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1090-5138
Publication date 2017-03-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2016.10.007
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 38
Issue 2
Start page 241
End page 248
Total pages 8
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract Recent research has reported that male body and facial hair influence women's mate preferences. However, it is not clear whether such preferences are typical for women or for individuals who prefer males as sexual partners. Here we explored body and facial hair in preferred and actual partners among men and women who prefer men as sexual partners. Including homosexual individuals provides a unique opportunity to investigate whether evolved mating psychologies are specific to the sex of the individual or sex of the partner. Based on an online survey of 1577 participants from Brazil and the Czech Republic, we found that, on average, homosexual men preferred hairier stimuli than heterosexual women, supporting past findings that homosexual men have strong preferences for masculine traits. Preferences for facial and body hair appear to be influenced less by sex of the preferred partner than sex of the individual, pointing to a possible sex-specific mating psychology. Further, Brazilians preferred bigger beards than Czechs, which was positively associated with the self-reported amount of beardedness in Brazil, suggesting that familiarity effects underpin cross-cultural differences in preferences for facial hair. Moreover, homosexual men preferred a self-similar degree of beardedness, and Czech women preferred a similar degree of beardedness as their fathers had during their childhood. However, these effects were not associated with the level of facial hair in their actual partners; in general, mate preferences and actual mate choices for facial and body hair differed. Thus, individual differences in some self-reported characteristics, cultural factors, and aspects of personal experience may modulate differences in preferences for masculine traits.
Keyword Beard
Hirsuteness
Mate choice
Mate preferences
Sexual orientation
Sexual selection
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