Blockquote “We weren’t surprised that women found physically strong men attractive … what did surprise us was just how powerful the effect was,” said Aaron Sell, a senior lecturer at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, who led the work. “Our data couldn’t find even a single woman that preferred weaker or feminine male bodies.”
Strength - measured strength - was the first principal component in their analysis, accounting for 70% of the variance in attractiveness. Being taller was slightly helpful, being fatter was slightly unhelpful, but if you have to choose, choose strong but fluffy. Powerlifters rejoice:slight_smile:
That said, the classic physique gang will love this:
Blockquote Lukazsweski said the field appears to have been misled by studies which used line drawings of the male body, rather than photographs. “Most of the studies have been done using line drawings, which have shown hulk-like freaks of nature, that are at the borderline of looking like a human,” he said.