New Research: Menstrual Cycle and Male Vulnerability as Factors of Attraction.
Taken from http://www.epjournal.net/:
Female attraction to appetitive-aggressive men is modulated by women’s menstrual cycle and men’s vulnerability to traumatic stress.
Many studies have reported that during high fertility points in the menstrual cycle, women demonstrate increased preference for men with masculinized faces and bodies. In this study, we analyzed whether appetitive aggression in men serves as an additional signal for a favored partner choice. Appetitive aggression describes the intrinsic motivation to act violently even when not being threatened. This study evaluated the responses of 1212 women to one of four descriptions regarding a soldier´s experience after returning from war. The four vignettes included trauma related symptoms with high or low appetitive aggression, or no trauma related symptoms with high or low appetitive aggression. Participants rated their desirability for the soldier in regards to potential long-term and short-term relationships. Results indicate that women preferred a soldier high in appetitive aggression as a short-term mate but not as a long-term relationship. This preference for the “warrior” was higher for women in their fertile window of the menstrual cycle. We conclude that women in their fertile window prefer men exhibiting higher appetitive aggression as a short-term partner, revealing appetitive aggression in men may serve as a signal for a higher genetic fitness.
Evolutionary Psychology 11(1): 248-262
Roland Weierstall, Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany.
Maggie Schauer, Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany.
Thomas Elbert, Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany.
Photograph Source. – by Gabby Niman.