British Study Shows Masculine Faced Women Are More Desirable For Long Term Relationships

One of my favorite lady faces

Take a quick look at your face in the mirror. Do you have feminine  features like smaller jawlines or fuller cheeks? Now think about your dating life. Has it been filled with a bunch of flings and short-term relationships?  Or is your face a bit more masculine?  Then it’s quite possible that you’re either already married or in a long-term relationship.

This rationale is based on a study done by researchers from University of Stirling and University of Glasgow, and was published in the British Journal of Psychology.

All of which sounds pretty much like rubbish to me.

From CTV News:

In a study with several hundred heterosexual male volunteers, a team of researchers made composite pictures of women’s faces, and asked the men which ones they would choose for long- or short-term relationships.

There were two versions of each face — one with slightly more feminine and the other more masculine features. The faces were taken from European or Japanese faces.

They found that men rated women with more feminine features more highly for a fling.

The preference was especially high among men who were already in a steady relationship.

“When a man has secured a mate, the potential cost of being discovered may increase his choosiness regarding short-term partners relative to unpartnered men, who can better increase their short-term mating success by relaxing their standards,” wrote the study authors.

But in making long-term choices, men “may actually prefer less attractive/feminine women,” they added.

So someone actually funded this research?  But this isn’t the first of its kind. Last year, research came out stating that women actually prefer geekier men when it comes to marriage and long-term relationships, as opposed to the GQ-hunk types.

So ladies, if you’re single and are always on booty call status, and never in a serious relationship, according to these Brits, your face is solely to blame.


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  • Anthony

    Is Rosario Dawson supposed to represent a masculine face? She sure looks 100% female to me!

  • then again, men will have sex with long as it has a

  • Kay

    Um…they need to explain to me what “masculine,” actually means. Some women are simply striking and have a face you want to stare at. Sharp, angular features can be actually be attractive on a woman, and I’ve seen women with cleft chins that are gorgeous and their features are interesting. So is it because men actually give these women more than a passing glance, which leads to them wanting to get to know them rather than just have sex and leave? Is THAT the variable? How do they define masculine and feminine? I’m just not getting this study.

  • Mr. Man

    I don’t get it either and it’s probably because a dumb study is dumb.

    I suppose if you were to pull the curtains back on this you’d find that many men see pretty faced women as superficial and simply don’t take them seriously, and the way many of them act I can see why. The man’s barbie, if you will, for entertainment purposes only.

    I will say this though, here in my building of over 400 I see more plain Jane mediocre looking Sally sues with rings on their fingers and family pictures on the desk than the beautiful gorgeous women

  • Anna Devane

    Christie Brinkley = feminine features
    Salma Heyak = masculine features

    Both strikingly beautiful but each on the different end of the scale. The jawline cheekbones and hairline often dictate masc/fem traits. one is not better than the other, just a different form of facial features. How it’s all balanced and divided is the deciding factor of whether or not it’s pleasing to the eye.