According to Business Insider, every time a men checks out a woman, he’s performing a reproductive fitness assessment. Men were designed to look for key features in women. These features make women attractive because they are associated with good health and fertility. When men notice these features, they are subconsciously thinking, she could have my babies! Making them subconsciously, or very consciously, attracted to you.
Science has proven men to be attracted to women with these 8 features. According to the data, here’s what it takes to be “attractive:”
#1. Wide hips
A ratio of 7:10 is particularly pleasing, apparently. The waist and hips are related to childbirth, making men think, those big hips would be great for delivering my baby!
#2. A high voice
According to a study cited in the video, a high-pitched voice evokes youthfulness and signifies a small, feminine body, both of which are attractive to men. Let’s just say our high-pitched shrieks at the scandalous happenings on the Real Housewives is a sign of evolution at work.
#3. Shiny hair
Shiny, full, and long hair is very attractive. Again, it’s a sign of health and fertility. And thankfully, very fake-able with regular salon visits and blowouts. Remember, it’s for the future of the human race.
Well obviously, happy people are attractive people. But science has also proven the whiter the teeth, the better.
#5. Shades of red
There’s a reason red is associated with lust. Scientists have proven that wearing red enhances attraction. In fact, they’ve found this phenomenon to hold true in other animals as well. Note to self: dry clean red dress for Saturday date night.
#6. It’s good to be tall
One (incredibly thorough) 2010 analysis conducted by experts at The University of New South Wales in Sydney — titled “Much More Than a Ratio: Multivariate Selection on Female Bodies” — showed that although factors such as waist-to-hip ratio and bust size affect how men perceive women, they don’t tell the whole story. Taller women were rated as more attractive, but — at least evolutionarily speaking — men aren’t necessarily after willowy, runway-ready figures. The men surveyed preferred women with legs that were proportionate in length to their height.
#7. Slim arms
Long legs weren’t shown to be a feature men seek out, but long arms were. “Scanned bodies of taller women who had longer arms were strongly preferred,” the Sydney-based researchers write. Upper arm girth played a role too — apparently men are attracted to women with long and slender arms.
#8. Nice boobs
Hope you’re sitting down: Believe it or not, men like big boobs. But especially in combination with a narrow waist, which, the researchers note, several previous studies had already established. In more news that will surprise no one, studies that tracked eye movement showed that when looking at images of women, men first checked out their breasts and waists. “Men also looked for longer at breasts, but attractiveness scores were more likely to be based on waist scores alone than the breast scores,” they write.