1) According to recent research, when men’s sexual attraction is activated through viewing sexy photographs, men’s sexual attraction toward women makes them lie, cheat, and steal.
The researchers tested their ideas after showing the male study subjects sexy photographs of women and then offering advancement in a lab setting, that earned them more money; the key here is that they self-reported their own results, and cheated more after viewing the photographs.
The scientists also learned that the men who saw sexy photographs of women would also often lie when receiving more money than they deserved for the self-reported achievement in the lab setting, and were in addition, “less likely to return unearned money after a researcher asked them to verify that they had received the correct amount. Interestingly, men who were shown photographs of less sexy women did not show these same tendencies toward dishonesty.”
The study’s authors suspected that that men may lie, cheat, and steal in order to quickly advance, in the hopes that their status and resources can be used to attract desirable women.
This seems a bit counterproductive, since if women were to discover these lies, most women would no longer be interested; honesty and trustworthiness are highly valued traits that women desire in a romantic partner.
2) When men think about their own mortality, they are less attracted to sexy women but remarkably, the same is not true for women; when they think about their own mortality, they do not become less attracted to sexy men.
According to Psychology Today: “… when men are reminded of their mortality, this decrease in attraction is particular to sexy women; men are not less attracted to women who appear more wholesome. These authors also found that men who were asked to think about a lusty experience (and who had also been primed to think about their own mortality) rated intimate partner violence toward women as more acceptable than men recalling an exciting, but not lusty, memory. Landau and colleagues believe that because sexy women remind men of their body’s corporality, men may derogate sexy women as a reaction to their fear of dying. It seems that men’s concern over their mortality can lead them not only to deny their attraction to women, but also to disparage, harass, and potentially even be aggressive toward sexy women. (Landau et al., 2006)”
3) Men are sexually attracted to women they can easily exploit.
“Again, from review of the research in Psychology Today, “When woman display attributes which make them appear more vulnerable to sexual exploitation, such as youth, immaturity, intoxication, or flirtation (Goetz et al., 2012), men (whether consciously or not) find them more attractive and are more motivated to pursue them.”
4) The potential to sexually exploit women attracts men.
“The authors of this study explain that these traits increase women’s risk for seduction, sexual pressure, and sexual assault by men. (Women who are perceived as intelligent and shy are rated both as less exploitable and as less attractive for short-term relationships, but more attractive for long-term relationships.) Importantly, for this research, men were not asked whether they would try to take advantage of women who were perceived as sexually exploitable. Rather, they were asked whether they perceived that certain women might be vulnerable to seduction, pressure to engage in sex, and assault by men in general. The authors believe that men’s attraction to women who appear more easily exploitable may stem from the evolutionary benefits to men from short-term mating opportunities.”
Psychology Today: What Men Won’t Reveal About Their Sexual Attraction to Women
Chiou, W. B., Wu, W. H., & Cheng, W. (2017). Self-control and honesty depend on exposure to pictures of the opposite sex in men but not women. Evolution and Human Behavior.
Goetz, C. D., Easton, J. A., Lewis, D. M., & Buss, D. M. (2012). Sexual exploitability: Observable cues and their link to sexual attraction. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33(4), 417-426.
Landau, M. J., Goldenberg, J. L., Greenberg, J., Gillath, O., Solomon, S., Cox, C., … & Pyszczynski, T. (2006). The siren’s call: Terror management and the threat of men’s sexual attraction to women. Journal of personality and social psychology, 90(1), 129.
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