Women are attracted to men other women pay positive attention to, where as men quite the contrary, do not find these men attractive at all.
According to research, what we women find attractive in a man varies with our hormonal status. When we are in our most fertile hormonal cycle we prefer more masculine looking men; a very “masculine” face with a strong jaw, big nose and small eyes. But during our infertile days, we find less masculine faces (average) more attractive. Quite interesting, don’t you think?
This varying perception of male beauty, are believed to be caused by the way our sex hormones change and how they impact our brains. When we are ovulating, in other words, we are more apt to like men with traits associated with aggressive behavior, risk taking and virility – traits that are advantageous in the act of breeding. Whereas when we are not, we prefer the more normal guys.
Does this mean that we find it easier to live with our men when we are ovulating? How will our relationships then be after menopause? :-)
Another interesting feature is the finding that we value other women’s opinion highly when it comes to our perception of beauty. We actually find men other women give positive attention to more attractive! This means that we are using the attitudes of others to shape our own judgment of what is beautiful and not.
In other words, we women may not be sure of how attractive something is. But if other women show that they’re attracted or repulsed we dismiss our doubt. This may explain why so many “ugly” men learn to play the guitar. :-)
By the way, men do not find other men more attractive if women give these other men a lot of positive attention, quite the contrary! :-)