Are clever women attractive? 27 Sep 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Rob 7 Comments

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Men are more attractive if they are intelligent, but what do smarts do for feminine appeal? We also find out whether physically attractive women are more interested in short-term flings or serious long-term relationships.

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Are Men Attracted to Clever Women?
Are Attractive Women More Interested in Flings?

Are smarter women more attractive? Nottingham Trent University/Flickr

The articles covered in the show:

Karbowski, A., Deja, D., & Zawisza, M. (2016). Perceived female intelligence as economic bad in partner choice. Personality and Individual Differences, 102, 217-222. View summary

Fisher, C. I., Hahn, A. C., DeBruine, L. M., & Jones, B. C. (2016). Is women's sociosexual orientation related to their physical attractiveness? Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 396-399. View summary


  1. LOL does this mean there could have been selection for lower intelligence in women?

  2. You haven't got a copy of this paper to share, have you?

  3. Sorry, but I don't think it's my place to share other authors' papers. Your best bet is to send a polite request to Jan Havlicek.

  4. OK, have you read it though? Does it support the idea that men have evolved to choose females more for long-term than short-term relationships and that girls have evolved to advertise their nulliparity?

  5. I haven't read it, but a quick skim suggests mixed results. Here's a quote from the paper:

    "Marlowe (1998) proposed that breast shape (particularly how it is influenced by firmness) may serve as an indicator of residual reproductive value. In other words, if the firmness of women's breasts is a reliable marker of their nubility and nulliparity, men should show a systematic and cross-cultural preference for it. Our results are fully in line with this hypothesis."

    However, they also say that there doesn't seem to be great evidence for what breast shape / size is correlated with (e.g. youth/parity).

  6. Please have a serious think about whether I am likely to publish videos like that on here before you waste your time posting them. I may not have made myself clear before, but I do not really want to have a discussion about hebephilia with an anonymous person on the internet.

  7. LOL I'm just ahead of my time. One day I'll be proven right about it all.

    See, ya!


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