Women in Healthy Nations Prefer Metrosexual Look

Macho look popular in disease-plagued countries
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2010 12:17 PM CDT
This guy might do better with the ladies in Sweden than in Mexico.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Whether a woman finds herself attracted to big-jawed macho types or softer, more feminine-looking men may be a question of health. A new study of women in 30 countries found that those in places where life expectancy is low and disease rates are high, like Mexico, preferred men with masculine faces; women in healthier countries like Sweden went for more metrosexual faces.

The researchers behind the study chalk up the difference to unconscious evolutionary strategies: A more masculine look suggests a man has strong, healthy genes—what women in disease-ridden countries would desire most for their offspring—while a more feminine-looking man might be seen as more likely to stick around and be a better provider and father to his children, a higher priority for women in healthier countries, the Guardian reports.
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