Healthy Women “Prefer Feminine Men”


New research suggests women from healthier countries prefer feminine men whilst those in deathtrap nations incline towards manly men.

University of Aberdeen researchers studied some 4,500 heterosexual women from 30 countries, aged 16-40.


The women were presented with 20 pairs of male faces; each pair consisted of the same face, but subtly altered to look slightly more “masculine” in one picture, and slightly more feminine in another, by modifying dimorphic facial traits such as brow or jaw line.

Their preferences were then compared to the health care statistics of their respective countries.

Researchers say they found a pronounced correlation between levels of healthcare and a preference for effete men, with a nation considered to have the “best” healthcare, Sweden, having 68% of its women prefer men with more feminine faces.

In the US, 48% of women preferred masculine men. Japan did not feature in the results, not that anyone doubts the inclination of its womenfolk towards sissy men.

Meanwhile, in Brazil, with the worst healthcare on offer in the sample, only 45% of the women preferred feminine men.

One researcher explains her interpretation of the results:

“The results suggests that as health care improves, more masculine men fall out of favour.

That could be why feminine looking movie stars like Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom are popular now compared with the likes of Clark Gable and Sean Connery in the past.”

She touts healthcare and not culture as a key determinant of what is considered attractive in a given nation:

“We found that women from countries with poorer health, which have higher mortality and increased incidence of communicable disease, were more attracted to masculine faces than women living in countries with better health.

People used to think beauty was arbitrary and that different cultures have different preferences.

However our research shows that preferences may instead be explained by responses to different environmental factors like a low level of health in the population.”

Such a study immediately falls foul of the “correlation does not equal causation” statistical mantra so often left out of science reporting, but the researchers aren’t having any of it:

“These new findings really do seem to show that preferences for different types of men in different parts of the world are linked to cross-cultural differences in health.

The effect remained even when we controlled for lots of other factors, such as cross-cultural differences in wealth.”

The study in its entirety can be read here.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:59 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the world seems to be going in a good direction, soon women will only like women and that would be paradise. men are so fugly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That would equal the death of the human race lesbo.

    Comment by announ
    03:59 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Definitely, a very good direction.-

    (However, alternative means of reproduction are being researched. If such an utopia were to arise, surely a new way of procreation would be found.)

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    Comment by Miroku74
    06:11 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In the year 2525.... if Man is still alive....

    *Miroku74 whistles innocently*

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:44 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Studies have magnificently demonstrated time and time again that:

    1) You cannot defy nature.
    2) You cannot defy nature forever.
    3) Defying nature continuously ensures that your species will disappear from the collective lifeform genepool.
    4) Even if not 3, your species may disappear from the collective lifeform genepool anyway.

    TL;DR Nature wins. Always.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:53 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bad Fonzer, your implying that (a) the quality will drop and (b) the quality will STAY dropped. If science teaches anything they/we can find ways. This also doesn't mean that after the techniques are reasonably succesful that they'll murderize all the men at once, they can always keep some as security. Hell, even if there were serious genetic/fertility problems, given that simple plan they would be minimized and eventually expunged (and I think you mean genetic problems not fertility).

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:23 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh Miroku you timetravveling mofo you :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:31 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do know that it is possible to make fertile eggs with two females right? modern science has deemed men obsolete.

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    Comment by Fonzer
    10:47 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "You do know that it is possible to make fertile eggs with two females right? modern science has deemed men obsolete."

    And the quality will drop,who knows how much trouble will that make.
    In the end one modern science is risking too much towards extinction,even if it may not happen.There will be fertility problems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:35 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i only just realize that picture was a big fucken TRAP!

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    Comment by Miroku74
    06:09 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's Watarase Jun. That's pretty much a given.

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    Comment by Aiko Goddess
    02:04 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I prefer feminine men too :3 They look cute xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:42 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice example how 'modern' lifestyle rots societies apart.

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    Comment by AJ12Gamer
    04:39 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The research is wrong! I mean they even said it....

    "That could be why feminine looking movie stars like Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom are popular now compared with the likes of Clark Gable and Sean Connery in the past."

    You see Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom is what's "in" right now! The media controls what people like.... (Sometimes) It isn't about health care at all.... It's what ever is "in". You see, just like in the past Clark Gable and Sean Connery was in the "in" of their time and so girls started to like those types of men.... Shitttt! I know you guys hear this before, "People are trying their hardest to look beautiful because of how the media presents itself." It just tha media people.... Research has already been done.... Just use google.... This shit was a wasted of time reading....

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:52 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    women liking more feminit men are probably more pedophilic and have such tendencies anyway.
    Woman liking muscular men are just normal straight women.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:40 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Healthcare...? REEEEEEEEALLY? Come on, Asian chicks in general love girlier guys, but I don't think we can say that China has better healthcare than some European countries. Try testing this around the world and not just the West, researchers.

    But yay for feminine men =D I would think that there might be a correlation with gender equality culture, since I think a lot of the appeal of feminine men for women is the idea of having a partner who's an equal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:26 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am a woman and I want loud mouth hard ass over the top macho men. I like swagger. If a feminine man can pull that off fine. But its what I want.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:38 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    just a simple case of following what's IN
    if women start seeing other women date a certain type of man, then they follow suit

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    10:12 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since only photos were shown in their research can we also assume that the definition for feminine men is limited only to their facial features? I had thought it referred to primarily to the more profound 'sensitive' personality than physical appearance. Was it only inferred that a more boyish looking male is feminine as opposed to his personailty as well?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:31 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The real catch is in contraception. Women who are using contraception pills like more feminine man. Because they don't need man for reproduction but for talk and social life, so they perfer man who is more like woman.

    So woman in Sweden eats more pills than in Brazil.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:10 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Old news. Similar studies find pregnant women, and women on the pill, prefer feminine men. Women not of the pill, and women ovulating, prefer masculine men. But as soon as they get pregnant or start up on birth control, their preferance shifts to feminine men.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:49 13/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh nos!
    Ayasaki Hayate BEATS Kenshiro!


    Comment by Anonymous
    23:39 24/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So they like traps, huh? :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    These studies are stupid. Their definition of what makes faces "feminine" makes no sense. Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom might have a their own look, but they are CLEARLY men. No one with eyes doubts that. And changing the brow line or the nose or size of the eyes doesn't automatically make a face more masculine or feminine, it just means someone has a smaller or larger brow or nose or eyes. For example, maybe women prefer men with larger eyes? Why does it have to be automatically concluded that they prefer feminine men from that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:56 10/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone should do a similar study regarding the features of women, since it seems to me at least, that so many guys seem to like girls with more masculine features nowadays.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:49 23/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    men have no balls nowadays! these skinny jean wearing faggots are kill me! listening to nickelback, fallout boys and watching twilight! no balls at all! They dont fight, or play sports, there only merit is how highly ranked they are in halo or call of duty! i really feel like a wolf among sheep, just becuz i can actually run more than a mile without passing out...its a fucking shame...

    if you where skinny jeans, makeup, watch or read twilight, cant run or do really physical labor, dont play real sports, perferably martial arts and your only source of competetion in life is on xbox live...ur a faggot! if ur gay...but dont qualify with the rest above...than ur more manly than xbox lozers here...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:46 09/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Sorry I'm late. Anyways, that's a delightful picture! The first one, that is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:00 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This research is fucking stupid.
    There are tons of other things that will have a far more significant play on women choice of what type of man they like, beginning with culture.

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    Comment by Persona
    08:03 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a very feminine face but I still haven't gotten a girlfriend. LIESSSS~

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    Comment by Y10NRDY
    07:02 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Freaking bishonen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:03 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lets see 4500 people would be something like 0.025% of New York Cities Population. So even if this test were of the preferences of New York City the sample size is abysmal.

    Factor in 30 countries, and assuming a balanced spread, and you have 150 people per country.

    So for the USA that would be 3 people per state.

    Even if the sample size was larger then the number of students at a small college then correlation does not imply causation... it just gestures furtively in that direction while mouthing "look that way".

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    Comment by takarada
    07:22 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    as a fan of athletic girls i have known this for long time and it works for both men and women.

    in the Japanese idea of beauty the girl should be as physically weak as possible.

    in Brazil, the girls are really buff

    it also changes over time, until the 1990s buff girls where hot in the west also. Now wimpy is hot which has cleared out the gyms.

    I doubt if it is a health care issue. probably level of general risk

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only men I date are traps, otherwise I stick to women. Hopeful for more traps!


    Comment by Anonymous
    05:22 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "not that anyone doubts the inclination of its womenfolk towards sissy men." Damn straight they are. Sissies have no place in the world of MEN.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:22 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly, Sankaku likes to put a sensational spin on iffy science, but this is getting me pissed.

    1. The study doesn't say healthy women prefer feminine faces, it says women who live in places where everyone's healthy prefer feminine faces. There's a difference. You can be healthy in a place where health care sucks. The hypothesis is that "manly" men have stronger immune systems which is a priority if everyone's health sucks, while "feminine" men are more likely to stay faithful and raise children, a priority once you've got health covered.

    2. The sample stinks. 4500 women in 30 countries = 150 women per country. The New Zealand sample was 26 women; obviously imbalanced. Also, if you read the experiment, selected participants were ethnically white. WHITE! (This was so they could use the same experimental pictures of a white guy for all trials.) Also, no lesbians.

    3. Even ignoring that the last quote used in this article only indicates correlation, the scientists DO actually write, "we cannot rule out the possibility that other variables not considered in our study mediate the association between national health and women's masculinity preferences." Unmeasured variables include "prevalence of violent crime, women's rights or wealth distribution."

    Get it together, people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Feminine looking HUEHUEHUE BR? BR? Here.
    Some sweeden masculine guy wanna change?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:35 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mmmm yummy Jun pic, thanks for the meal!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:35 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lack of or reduced media influence in developing countries could also explain the more traditional penchant for the biologically stronger male. With all those pretty boy examples you see in movies and music it's hard to argue that there's no influence from that.

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    Comment by Sylar
    20:32 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly!! You hit the nail on the head. A country with good health care is obviously an advance nation. So it's obviously filled with media that advance that kind of stereotype.
    The mystery is, why are the media today so much in to the feminine looking men instead of the manly men?
    Also i notice that the pretty boy effect is more in to the minds of teenage girls instead of grown-up women.
    I bet the resold would have been a little different if the research was from 20-40 instead of 16-40.

    BTW i must admit this research made me look at the mirror and wonder what kind of face i have. Am a little shocked. I'm not certain in what category i fit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:29 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Effeminate men are less threatening and tend to be easier to talk to, and that has nothing to do with my health care. I just find them more attractive because I find them to be less intimidating.

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    17:24 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's because they lack the muscle mass, angry scowl, a masculine voice and so forth. You're right though. They're easier to talk to because they are less threatening though that also makes them feel more like a brother then a lover.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:47 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty boys are not by and large easier to talk to. They just look like they would be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:43 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a feminine face and I'm very shy but I don't lack all of what you said sir so its a lot harder to speak to me in fact i get a lot of unnecessary attention from girls, I hate to be bothered especially when I'm minding my business therefore your input is invalid.

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    13:29 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by destructorv2
    14:04 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So those beauty products i use is going well so far. lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I find it weird women like men who almost or do look like women in the first place, i mean are women on default bisexual lol? (no-generalization intended)

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 04/12/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's natural to be attract to those that are similar to yourself in someway. Flip it around and think about how a lot of guys like girls that tomboyish or aggressively playful.
    The ideal that all women wet their panties over a manly-man is mostly a guy fantasy, and a mostly American one at that. Keyword here, all. A lot of women do, but there is just as many that men that aren't brick faced and 200-pounds of muscular.

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    Comment by HentaiCat
    14:03 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ever seen how a bunch of girls act? I bet if it wasnt for the socitey and reproduction men would be considred lesser tool than a dildo >.>

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    Comment by Sylar
    20:43 18/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah. I have a theory on that. Ever wonder how women can tolerate being prostitutes and sleep with every ugly fuck out there a lot easier than a man can? Or how they can ignore your ugly face if you have something else they want?
    That is because they can do sex and only see a dick completely ignoring the rest. For guys that is very hard. An ugly girl might have the same looking pussy as any pretty girl but we just can't concentrate at only one point. We like the whole beautiful package.
    Also don't you notice how women magazines still have women on there covers. If men magazines only had men in there covers they wouldn't sell much. It's like women prefer to see the image of a woman. But it could just be that they are egoistical and narcissistic about there own sex and that's why they put women there. Who knows.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:52 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A theory holds that women respond to sexual cues whether they want sex or not as a form of protection from rape. Are primitive foremothers who produced enough vaginal lubrication during aggressive sex didn't die from injury and lived to produce offspring.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:19 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sylar, they do it mostly cause the job pays well for almost no skills required, and they don't even see a dick they see a John, a customer/problem to be handled and then moved past.
    Thier reason to have sex recreationaly is just as varied and bizzarre sometimes as any man. Your statement about sexual tunnel vision REEKS of personal opinion backed by not much research.
    As for the magazine jab, MEN are more likely to be stimulated by visuals then women, as recognized in scientific journals and the target audience of pornography, which is WHY they show hot women on the front covers. Factor in slightly different areas of interest and its easily explained why womens magazine covers differ thematically from mens

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    Comment by Sylar
    11:55 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see how your reply is relevant? Am not talking about rape here.

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