Biology = amazing. The latest scientific finding about sexual attractiveness goes like this: Men find dancing women who are at their most fertile to be more appealing than regular gals who are dancing but not ripe for impregnation.
The study — which sounds like it was a lot of fun to participate in on both sides — filmed 48 women ages 19 to 33, wearing identical clothes, with their hair pulled back dancing to the same drum beat in silhouette. Researchers then asked 200 men to rate the attractiveness of the dancers; women in the most fertile stages of their cycle were found to be most attractive; women who were in the “mid-luteal” (non-fertile) stage of their menstrual cycle were rated as less comely. (Guys also liked the silhouettes of the fertile women simply walking, not dancing, better than the non-fertile women.)
So how can guys tell when women are ready for baby-makin’? LiveScience reports:
[Study author Bernhard] Fink [of the University of Göttingen in Germany] and his colleagues suspect that fluctuations in the hormone estrogen — which can affect muscle, ligament and tendon strength — may be the reason that women apparently move differently when fertile….
“The study shows — once again — that the common assertion of a ‘concealed ovulation’ in human females needs to be reconsidered,” Fink said.
Ladies, you know what to do: Go out dancing with your girlfriends during the “late follicular” phase of your cycle (around days 7 to 14 of a menstrual month). Eligible suitors might not be able to resist your animal magnetism.
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