Functional Inferences of Mating Orientations Through Body Fat and Sex-Typical Body Features
Identifying reproductive opportunities and intrasexual rivals has necessitated the evolution of sensitivity to features diagnostic of mate value. In determining the presence of good genes through physical features, individuals may additionally infer targets’ short- and long-term mating orientations. This study tested how individuals perceive men’s and women’s orientations through physical features conducive to reproductive goals. Participants evaluated mating orientations of male and female targets varying in size of sex-typical features (i.e., muscles or breasts) and adiposity. Greater adiposity connoted long-term mating orientations. Large muscles and breasts connoted short-term mating orientations. We frame results from an affordance management framework with respect to inferences regarding parental investment and intrasexual competition.
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
Sacco, D. F.
(2022). Functional Inferences of Mating Orientations Through Body Fat and Sex-Typical Body Features. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 39(7), 2228-2238.
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