Women prefer feminine men to avoid domestic violence: study

Updated On : 26 Nov , 2017 , 02:49 PM
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New Delhi:

According to a study which is first of its kind, women who are afraid of violence within partnerships prefer to date less masculine men.

The study, published in the journal Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, provides evidence that this threat shapes whom women find attractive. 

It was conducted to find how violence within partnerships influences women's partner preferences.

Worldwide, 30 per cent of women reported that they have experienced some form of physical and sexual violence from their partner during their lifetimes.

Statistics show that 38 per cent of murders of women are committed by a male partner and violence coming from partners is a very real threat.

The researchers from the University of St Andrews in the UK asked 83 women participants to complete a questionnaire about their health, education, access to media and feelings of danger from public violence and the likelihood of violence within a partnership.

The participants then selected which male faces they considered more attractive from pairs manipulated to differ in masculinity level.

"We found that even after controlling for participant age, education, access to media (TV and internet) and health, violence within partnership had a large influence on masculinity preferences," said Martha Lucia Borras-Guevara, from the University of St Andrews.

"Preferring more feminine men may reflect a strategy of women to avoid partners who are more likely to behave aggressively and dangerously towards them, that is, more masculine partners," said Carlota Batres, from the University of St Andrews. 

(With PTI inputs)

First Published : Sunday, November 26, 2017 02:39 PM
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