Good news for single ladies with manly features -- men want to marry you! A new study says that when it comes to picking a wife, men tend to go for women with "chiseled faces with more masculine undertones" rather than women with "soft, delicate feminine features." Those women are apparently reserved for flings. But when dudes put a ring on it, they like the manly faces. Obviously, this isn't an across the board rule. Beyonce got a ring, and she's no butter face. Ditto Kate Middleton. I could name a bunch of other married celebrity women who are as delicate and feminine looking as petals. But, I gotta say ... I agree with this study. I seen it with my own eyes, I tells ya!
As my friends and acquaintances all begin to settle down and get married, I'm noticing a distinct trend. Guys are dumping their delicate-featured girlfriends (or she gets fed up with his commitmentphobia and dumps him) and they are turning around and marrying the next chick they date ... and that next chick has a certain look about her. A strong, long jaw. A biggish nose. A large forehead. In short ... kinda manly. They are also usually taller and thicker than the petite girlfriend the guy had for many years but wouldn't marry.
Kind of interesting because you would expect the opposite, right? But apparently guys don't want to marry the supermodel. They just wanna buff her chuff. When it comes to marriage, men want a horse face in the carriage. The study concluded:
Men are subconsciously pushed toward marrying the less attractive because they believe these women will be more faithful.
And being with a woman who is considered less faithful means that a guy could end up raising a child who isn't his own.
Personally, I thought the trend had something more to do with guys wanting more "serious" women when they were ready to settle down. Be gone, chick who has some vague job in fashion design; hello, woman who went to Harvard Law. But I guess this makes sense too.
However, since feminine-looking women are the ones guys want to have flings with, that makes me think that a manly-looking woman is more likely to be cheated on.
Paradoxically, women preferred more feminine guys for marriage, and more masculine guys for flings. But for the same reason -- more manly men were considered more likely to cheat.
Or we could all just say this study is a bunch of hooey and that people marry who they want, and who they love, and who knows why.
Is anyone buying this study?
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