The results support the belief that men are instinctively attracted to women’s bodies if they are keen on a “no strings” sexual relationship.
But a man pays more attention to a woman’s face if he is thinking of settling down and starting a family. This is because a woman’s face provides strong clues to her “reproductive value”, claim the experts.
The study by academics at the University of Texas, and published in science journal Evolution And Human Behaviour, looked at the reactions of 375 men and women who were asked to consider dating a member of the opposite sex whose face or body had been obscured. Women proved consistent, opting for facial features whether they were interested in having a fling or finding an ideal husband.
When it comes to looking for marriage material, attractive facial features win out for men. But for hookups, men don’t look above the neck: it’s all about a curvy hourglass figure, specifically a .7 waist-to-hip ratio, if you don’t mind.
The theory: it all comes down to the baby-making, men look for curves because the body holds stronger clues about a woman’s fertility than her face does—though when it comes to “reproductive value,” facial attractiveness is more important.