"Many studies have reported that during high fertility points in the menstrual cycle, women demonstrate increased preference for men with masculinized faces and bodies. In this study, we analyzed whether appetitive aggression in men serves as an additional signal for a favored partner choice. Appetitive aggression describes the intrinsic motivation to act violently even when not being threatened. This study evaluated the responses of 1212 women to one of four descriptions regarding a soldier´s experience after returning from war. The four vignettes included trauma related symptoms with high or low appetitive aggression, or no trauma related symptoms with high or low appetitive aggression. Participants rated their desirability for the soldier in regards to potential long-term and short-term relationships...
...Results suggest that men high in appetitive aggression scores are sexually preferred by women as short-term mates over those with a low score, particularly when the selector is in her fertile phase of the menstrual cycle. This result coincides with other studies demonstrating that typical, well-marked male attributes such as dominance and masculine facial features are sexually preferred by women in their fertile window (e.g., Havlicek et al., 2005; Penton-Voak and Perrett, 2000). When ovulating, women seem particularly selective and sensitive for a range of distinct markers of male features (Thornhill and Gangestad, 2008). This study indicates that not only the physical appearance but also behavioral traits – in this case, appetitive aggression in combination with no trauma symptoms – constitute signals for presumed genetic male fitness. Men who seek dominance and find pleasure in aggression are not a profitable option for a stable relationship because they pose a threat to the family, demonstrate less parental investment and engage in extra-pair copulation (Marlowe, 1999). Consequently, as predicted, women in our study prefer men with low appetitive aggression as a long-term mate. Instead of a more aggressive man, a kinder, more sensitive man, might be a better option for a long-term mate (Buss and Barnes, 1986; Li et al., 2002)."
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Edited by MM, 07 May 2014 - 21:20.