Attractiveness is the most important thing in a relationship


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Research shows that woman are less likely to feel close to their partners than they would feel towards a more sexually desirable man during their most fertile period of their menstruation cycle. According to Martie Haselton, a professor of psychology and communications at UCLA, women evaluate their relationships differently at different times in their cycles and it seems that their evaluations are swayed by how sexually attractive they think their partners are.

Although women may feel differently about their partners throughout their cycle, these feelings do not seem to affect the long-term commitment in their relationship. According to Christina Larson, another psychology professor at UCLA, "Even when these women are feeling less positive about their relationship, they don't want to end it."

Studies show that during ovulation, women are more likely to dress up and speak in high pitch voices to possibly attract suitable partners. The study done at UCLA also found that women whose mates are less sexually attractive and less masculine tend to be more attractive to other men during the fertile days leading up to ovulation.

"Women with the really good, stable guy felt more distant at high-fertility periods than low-fertility periods," Haselton said. "That isn't the case with women who were mated to particularly sexually attractive men. The closeness of their relationships got a boost just prior to ovulation." The researchers found that women with less sexually attractive men were significantly more likely to find fault with their partners and feel less close to their partners during the high-fertility period than the low-fertility period. 

"Since our female ancestors couldn't directly examine a potential partner's genetic makeup, they had to base their decisions on physical manifestations of the presence of good genes and the absence of genetic mutations, which might include masculine features such as a deep voice, masculine face, dominant behavior and sexy looks," said Haselton, who is affiliated with UCLA's Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture. Could this be why women are more attractive to sexier men even in today's society? Research has not found the answer to that yet but it is definitely a possibility.

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SO LOOKS DO PLAY A ROLE! Well a minor one. Im glad this doesn't affect long term relationships. That would be very unfortunate.

I think it's interesting how women view men differently based on where they are in their menstrual cycle. "Studies show that during ovulation, women are more likely to dress up and speak in high pitch voices to possibly attract suitable partners." ...really? Never knew this, but I guess it makes sense from a biological perspective!

A study that I found found that "facial images of women in the follicular phase—when the dominant ovarian follicle is getting ready to ovulate—are considered more attractive as compared to images taken in the luteal or fertile phase of the cycle." What I would like to know more about: what happens to them biologically that makes them less attractive during this time?

http://www.livescience.com/553-woman-smells.html


During menstruation, a women's pitch in her voice changes, pigments in her skin appear lighter, and the soft tissue of her body changes shape to appear more symmetrical. It is also said that a woman's scent is most appealing to men. These are traits which happen without a woman necessarily trying to make them happen, on top of that you mentioned they are more likely to dress up and act flirty. All of these things combined, men should probably be worried when their girlfriend is in the most fertile state of menstruation. The article I found also mentions women feel more competitive with other women during this stage. I wonder if there is any correlation to cheating and this period of menstruation..?

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/200907/are-fertile-women-more-attractive

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