When women prefer high-pitched guys
BLONDES is all about the unconscious biological biases behind our mate choices — and voice is one of those qualities that women care about more than we let on. No shock: women prefer men with deep, rich, low decibel male voices, especially for short-term relationships. It’s a cue of high-testosterone, which evolutionary biologists associate with health and good genes. (Men have their preferences, too.)
Once pregnant, however, women’s deep-voice bias may subconsciously shift. According to a study led by anthropologist Coren Apicella, nursing women give higher ratings to men whose voices are high-pitched than do women who are not nursing. From an evolutionary perspective, this makes sense. A baritone high-testosterone type might sire healthy children, but will he stick around?
Focused on childcare, a new mother might prefer high-pitched men; odds are they’re more supportive and nurturing — and perhaps more likely to help raise children who aren’t theirs.