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Science of Sex: What’s Your Type?

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Personality, looks, similarities—all play a role in determining our ideal type. There are also sociocultural considerations. For instance, there’s evidence to show that adherence to a masculine or feminine gender role is linked to a preference for certain qualities in a mate. A 2011 paper in the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology notes that hyperfemininity, which is a “strong adherence to traditionally feminine attitudes and beliefs,” is characterized by a marked preference for more traditional and stereotypical male/masculine behaviors and a higher tolerance for male sexual aggression and coercion. Hypermasculine men may also tend toward women who display stereotypical “female” qualities.

While it may be hard to curb your enthusiasm for tall, lanky artists, it’s clear that breaking away from what we consider our “types” can be a good thing. If always going for the bad boys leaves you perpetually heartbroken, or if you’re bored by your similarities with the on-paper matches, perhaps try something that doesn’t fit the mold. It can require overlooking Tevas with socks or seeing eye-to-eye (literally), but widening the dating pool certainly can’t hurt.

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6:47AM PDT on Mar 22, 2015

If it trully were so simple. The high inter-individual variability makes things much more complicated thatn stated her.

9:28AM PDT on Mar 18, 2015

Interesting and pretty thorough. Thank you.

2:37AM PDT on Mar 17, 2015

My type is human and breathing :)

2:12AM PDT on Mar 17, 2015

So sometimes we like the same, sometimes the opposite and sometimes a mixture. So that's, er, everyone then. Nonsense article

2:41PM PDT on Mar 16, 2015

Thank you for sharing

6:38AM PST on Mar 7, 2015

Noted

7:51AM PST on Mar 5, 2015

😈

11:33PM PST on Mar 1, 2015

Let's be individuals!

1:36AM PST on Feb 25, 2015

I don't have a type

3:41AM PST on Feb 23, 2015

After 50 years of trying to get it right and scaling down my idealistic expectations I am resigned to being happily single because when all is said and done
"We remain in the laps of the Gods" as far as partners are concerned....and they all disappear when you need them the most....maybe the answer is to use abuse and hold in contempt !!??
but that wouldn't sit right with my idealistic nature and desires ... Romeo and Juliet in my sixties I think not but ???...

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