Science of Love, Sex, and Babies

Poor little down-and-out T

Posted in news by jenapincott on October 30, 2008

I devote a chunk of BLONDES to the Environmental Security Hypothesis (ESH), which says that in tough times men prefer women who are slightly older, heavier, taller, more mature-looking, and less curvaceous.  In good times, men go back to their default:  younger, shorter, lighter, curvier, big-eyed, feminine-looking damsels.  It’s as if men unconsciously seek what is practical when the going gets tough — strong and robust women.   (FYI – women’s preferences in men don’t fluctuate under adverse conditions.) The ESH has been supported in a variety of studies, including one with  ravenous college students, another with men in a “crisis” mind-set, and a famous one that tracks the dimensions of Playboy Playmates of the Year over several decades of economic ups and downs.

What exactly drives men into “Environmental Security” mode?  Low blood sugar levels are one possibility, as noted in the study of hungry men.  Low testosterone (T) levels are another, and men’s T levels fluctuate all the time. They’re known to surge when men win a game or have a confrontation and dip when they’re feeling down. A new study led by Lisa Welling at the Face Research Lab found that when men’s T levels are high, they report stronger attraction to femininity in women’s faces.  When levels are relatively low, men report a weaker preference for femininity.  Put another way:  High testosterone loves high estrogen.  Low testosterone might not mind lower estrogen.

The results inspire some prurient speculation.  Do guys who are generally low in T have a preference for “more masculine” women? In the current economic environment, are testosterone-deficient Wall Street traders trading in their trophy wives for sugar mamas? Are curvy, girly strippers making less than their heavier, hipless dominatrix colleagues?


3 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. mimi said, on October 31, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Nice to think that thin is not in! Let’s hope this recession will convince companies to be like Dove and celebrate the diversity in beauty.

    Additional questions to ponder:

    Do artistic men view women (in general) in the same vein as non artistic men? Does the EHS theory apply to them?

    Does the EHS theory apply to male artists’ preference to female models?

  2. […] it’s time for TBuddy: a service to predict your man’s testosterone-based mood swings at “that time of season,” based on the game schedule and sports forecasting services. […]

  3. Mistress Mary said, on March 6, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I just think that this post was mind blowing , please add more mistress posts and I will be back all the time lol!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: