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Sexual activity is inversely related to women's perceptions of the facial attractiveness of unknown men

Hess, Ursula, Brody, Stuart, Van Der Schalk, Job and Fischer, Agneta H. 2007. Sexual activity is inversely related to women's perceptions of the facial attractiveness of unknown men. Personality and Individual Differences 43 (8) , pp. 1991-1997. 10.1016/j.paid.2007.06.009

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Abstract

A study was conducted to assess whether individual differences in sexual activity during the past 30 days, in particular penile–vaginal intercourse (PVI; which is associated with measures of relationship quality), are related to the perception of the facial attractiveness of unknown men. Forty-five women reported the frequency of a variety of sexual behaviors and rated the facial attractiveness and friendliness of 24 men. Women who reported more frequent orgasm from masturbation rated men as less friendly. This finding might be reflective of the more anti-social attitude associated with more frequent masturbation. The results also show that women who engaged more frequently in most kinds of sexual behavior, not only PVI, considered unknown men to be less facially attractive. That is, individuals who engage more frequently in a variety of sexual behaviors with their partner perceived unknown men as less attractive and thereby may be less susceptible to the lure of other (or if the only sexual behavior is masturbation, any) men.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sexual behavior; Person perception
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0191-8869
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:08
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/33275

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