Journal article

Female Self-Sexualization Covaries with Mate Value but Not Mate Availability

Lindsie C Arthur, Robert C Brooks, Khandis R Blake

ADAPTIVE HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND PHYSIOLOGY | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2020

Abstract

Objective: An array of literature spanning economics, sociology, biology, and psychology suggests that the availability of romantic partners has profound consequences for individuals and the societies in which they live. Here we build on this growing body of research to understand how variation in mate availability—operationalized via experimental imbalances in the ratio of men to women (the sex ratio)—affect women’s willingness to enhance their physical and sexual attractiveness to men. Methods: Using a series of three treatments, with four replicate stimuli nested within each treatment conditions, we experimentally manipulated the sex ratio of the dating environment for 334 women, giving t..

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