For those who have watched Transformers movie, not sure whether you remember a scene which Sam (Shia LaBeouf) tried to show off his bicep to Mikaela (Megan Fox) when the she told him that she likes guy with tight abs and big arms.
So, do women really like muscle men?
If they do, will they have a fling with those muscular men?
Previously, we probably did not have the answer. Now, we have it. An interesting study has finally been conducted. According to UCLA research published in the August 2007 issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, men who are more muscular than average are much more likely to have short-term affairs and multiple sex partners than their scrawnier (unpleasantly thin) peers. The well-muscled are twice as likely to have more sex partners, flings and affairs than those with less toned and chiseled physiques.
Wow, twice as likely.
The series of studies is the first published research to quantify an association between men’s muscularity and their success in flirting with women. The four-year project, from 2002 to 2006, also scientifically quantified for the first time women’s perceptions of the importance of muscularity in selecting short and long-term partners. A total of 788 college students — 509 women and 279 heterosexual men was involved in this study.
Like it or not, men like beautiful sexy women and vice versa. Women are putting a priority on attractiveness, which in this case is the muscularity when they choose sex partners. The researchers even said that that their findings on muscularity are consistent with research findings on the secondary sexual characteristics of other animals, such as the attention-getting tail feathers of male peacocks.
After knowing this study, my friend half jokingly said, “Now, I know why so many men working out at the gym!”
Is it the end of the world for men with other types of bodies? Not really.
When presented with six standardized silhouettes of men ranging from brawny (bulky type) to slender, women consistently identified the most muscular ones as less likely to commit but also more volatile and domineering. They rated “toned” guys as the most sexually attractive.
Most women characterized their long-term and presumably less muscular partners as more trustworthy and romantic than their one-night stands or brief affairs. Women believe they are more faithful and romantic. For toned and brawny men, the bodies make them more sexy to women. On the other hand, it makes women more suspicious about their romantic intentions.
By the way, it is important to know that the subjects of the study were male and female undergraduates (aged 18 to 25 years old) living in California, USA. So, it may not be accurate and fair to assume that the result applies every where else in the world.
Depending on how you look at this research result. I believe that, for short term relationship, it suggests that the sweet-talk approach works better for less muscular men whereas the muscular men do not need to put in this kind of effort to get lucky for a “night” out. As for long term relationship, just like the tortoise, less muscular men will finally win.
Also, actually for most men, for a fling, they like girls with big boobs and nice round asses. But for wife, they are not so important. Women were more physically attracted to muscular men, especially for a fling. But when it comes to long-term life partner, women tend to pick a regular guy over a mate with huge biceps.
I doubt muscles always win. Some people are still working too hard too much for huge biceps – who else can beat that 27 inches of biceps?
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