Attraction to men and women predicts sexual dimorphism preferences

Carlota Batres, Benedict C. Jones, David I. Perrett

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Abstract

Objectives: Sexual orientation categories are commonly differentiated in the partner preference literature. Yet little is known about how the variability within each category influences partner preferences. Methods: We investigated women’s (N = 27,611) preferences for sexual dimorphism in male faces in relation to self-reports of sexual attraction to men/women (from ‘not at all’ to ‘very’). Results: Self-identified heterosexual women reported considerable variation in sexual attraction levels. We found that sexual dimorphism preferences related positively with attraction to men and negatively with attraction to women. Conclusions: Such variability in women’s sexuality should be taken into account when investigating partner preferences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-63
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume32
Issue number1
Early online date21 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • faces
  • masculinity
  • preferences
  • sexual dimorphism
  • sexual fluidity
  • sexual orientation

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