The science is settled. Well, at the University of Texas, at least, considering it was undergraduates who participated in this groundbreaking project.
When it comes to finding a mate, men may not be looking for charm and intelligence, but rather a woman who looks dumb – or drunk – enough for a one-night-stand, according to a new study.
In an article in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, University of Texas at Austin graduate student Cari Goetz and her team focused on the so-called sexual exploitability hypothesis – the idea that men are genetically programmed to look for ‘easy’ sex.
Tests on 76 male students found that they rated vulnerable-looking women as attractive – lending weight to the idea.
‘Male participants rated photographs of women who displayed varying levels of cues to exploitability,’ say the researchers. The ‘cues’ included being sleepy, stupid or inert – and thus easily exploitable.
‘We identified 22 cues indicative of sexual exploitability. Nineteen of these cues were correlated significantly with sexual attractiveness,’ say the researchers.
Men, the researchers think are ‘born’ to have little concern for the consequences of casual trysts, given that their bodies produce somewhere around 85 million sperm cells every day — per testicle.