Women pre­fer at­trac­tive­ness in men over other traits

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It’s not just men! A new study shows that when look­ing for a po­ten­tial part­ner, women, too, are likely to choose part­ners who are phys­i­cally at­trac­tive, no mat­ter how re­spect­ful, friendly, am­bi­tious or in­tel­li­gent the oth­ers may be. The find­ings, how­ever, re­vealed that moth­ers are not quite as picky though, and will choose a man who is only rea­son­ably at­trac­tive for their daugh­ters.

Madeleine Fugere of the Eastern Con­necti­cut State Univer­sity in the US says: “This in­di­cates that women and their moth­ers may have dif­fer­ent no­tions of what con­sti­tutes a min­i­mally ac­cept­able level of phys­i­cal at­trac­tive­ness... How­ever, when a range of at­trac­tive­ness lev­els are pre­sented, phys­i­cal at­trac­tive­ness takes pri­or­ity over other char­ac­ter­is­tics.”

Fur­ther, though women and their par­ents al­ways rate traits like re­spect­ful­ness and friend­li­ness as more im­por­tant than phys­i­cal at­trac­tive­ness, yet they as­sume that the po­ten­tial mates, at least, meet a min­i­mally ac­cept­able stan­dard of phys­i­cal at­trac­tive­ness, the re­searchers said.

Even when unattrac­tive men pos­sessed the most de­sir­able traits, the moth­ers and daugh­ters did not view them as po­ten­tial dat­ing ma­te­rial, the re­searchers said, con­clud­ing that at­trac­tive­ness tends to take prece­dence over ev­ery­thing else for both men and women.

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Women and their moth­ers, how­ever, tend to have dif­fer­ent no­tions of what con­sti­tutes a min­i­mally ac­cept­able level of phys­i­cal at­trac­tive­ness in men

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