The mystery of female beauty

Tovee, M. J. and Cornelissen, P. L. (1999) The mystery of female beauty. Nature, 399 (6733). pp. 215-216. ISSN 0028-0836

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Abstract

Evolutionary psychology suggests that a woman's sexual attractiveness might be based on cues of reproductive potential. It has been proposed that a major determinant of physical attractiveness is the ratio between her waist and hip measurements (the waist-to-hip ratio, or WHR): for example, a woman with a curvaceous body and a WHR of 0.7 is considered to be optimally attractive, presumably because this WHR is the result of a fat distribution that maximizes reproductive potential. It follows that the preference for a curvaceous body shape in women should be universal among men and not be culturally based, because natural selection presumably favours cues indicative of the most fertile body shape.

Keywords:estrogen, testosterone, anthropometry, body build, cultural anthropology, esthetics, female, fertility, human, Jamaica, Peru, progeny, sex ratio, Adult, Anthropometry, Beauty, Body Constitution, Cultural Characteristics, Humans, Male, Parity, Pregnancy, Sex Preselection
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:24507
Deposited On:06 Sep 2017 10:01

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