Science of Love, Sex, and Babies

When women prefer high-pitched guys

Posted in news by jenapincott on December 18, 2008

square-cutouts-mom-dad-with-baby3BLONDES 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.

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  1. Ducker said, on January 8, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    That´s so so true…we studied those types of cases in college Ethology and we came to the conclusion that wonem will prefer more Musky, deep baritone bulky guys when they feel the need for having a child due the fact that bibber more masculine men have better genes than wimpy dudes….and once the babies came along they´d prefer more feminine males because they could provide better support and child care….

    This is a great blog! im happy to have stumbled upon it!

  2. lovable liberal said, on January 8, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    So evolution would select for deep voices and falsetto in men.


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