Shiny shoes. Clean-cut clothes. Well-groomed hair. Once all these artificial coverings are stripped away, what exactly about a man is attractive to women? A new study has revealed substance wins out over style. But it’s probably not what you think. It’s all about the length – the length of their legs.
A new study says evolutionary pressures have a strong influence on female romantic perceptions. Women are programmed to select healthy male specimens. And one good indicator of that is the proportions of his body.
Researchers measured the body proportions of 9,000 men in the US military. They used the data to generate computer simulations of an average male body. Scientists then manipulated this figure, making its arms and legs shorter or longer. It then presented a selection of body types to several hundred heterosexual women. The question? Rank the selection’s physical attractiveness.
The results were clear. Women don’t care about elbows or knees, or exactly where they’re placed. And male arms are generally sidelined. Their length relative to the male’s body had no effect on the women’s pulse.
But when it came to legs – hearts would race if they looked to be close to half the male figure’s height. A little more or a little less and the women’s eyes began to wander. And their ideal is just a bit longer than the male average, the study says.