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April 21 2014

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The “Beauty Race” Is On

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We’ve often lamented one of evolution’s cruel realities—that men seem to get more attractive and distinguished as they age while women, once they’ve fulfilled their biological duty to reproduce, decline in appearance. But new research suggests that despite the perils of aging, women may be more attractive than men overall. Researchers at the University of Helsinki have found that beautiful women have more children than their plainer counterparts and that a higher proportion of those children are female. Those daughters also tend to be attractive, and so repeat the pattern when they have children, thus driving women to truly embody their fairer-sex designation while men remain primitive in the looks department. The findings emerged from a series of studies of physical attractiveness and its links to reproductive success in humans over the course of four decades. And as one of two daughters from a mother who was quite the traffic-stopper in her day, we are inclined to believe its legitimacy. You?

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  1. NotMod says:

    Wouldn’t go so far as to take the news for granted, but if this is right it would NOT SURPRISE me a bit.

    Not to mention that biology aside, one gets to inherit the right attitude for glamor from one’s mother too. And some of the reputation, of course. All helps! ;)

    Is ‘Darwin’ a bod, mod or beauty brand just yet?