Well men, apparently if you’re sick a lot, you’re also ugly.
How’s that for an Afternoon Inquisition opening line? Well, this story suggests the immune system drives male attractiveness, or at least gives service to research suggesting a correlation, and I thought it might make for a good discussion.
You see, due to an apparent association between testosterone levels, facial attractiveness, and a stress hormone called cortisol, researchers from the University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland, conclude that a strong immune system plays a greater role in attracting women to men, than great bodies or muscles.
Of course as thinking creatures we place value on other things besides base physiological reactions when we consider a person’s attractiveness, but the basic idea here is, men with healthy immune systems tend to have higher testosterone levels, and a man’s face is generally seen as more attractive if he has high levels of testosterone.
So what do you think? Do you give any thought/credence to purported instinctual reactions? Are they important? Are we at their mercy? Do you see any flaws in the study? Links to other related information? Guys, what of your own immune system/testosterone levels/cortisol levels?
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