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Science of Sex: What’s Your Type?

Social Hierarchy
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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7:45PM PDT on May 13, 2015

Was expecting to find my type. Yet good info

8:53AM PDT on May 1, 2015

This article completely failed to account for the percentage of people, usually men, who attract no one at all. I assure you, we are out here. Best case scenario, from time to time, we attract someone for whom we feel no attraction whatsoever. I myself certainly don't set out to date supermodels...still, my taste in women exceeds my ability to attract those women. So, I don't date anymore. Single indefinitely. It takes a lot of courage for a man to recognize when he's been beaten in the dating arena, and to bow out gracefully and with dignity.

8:22AM PDT on May 1, 2015

Was expecting abit more from this article,but the comments were also very interêsting and some funny thank you

6:21AM PDT on Apr 27, 2015

There will come a time when we have conducted enough studies show that convergence of knowledge is actually possible.

9:32PM PDT on Apr 14, 2015

I hope it works out for you

6:05AM PDT on Apr 13, 2015

Thanks for the comment Amy L. you are obviously a kindred spirit...and I'll repeat my comment because care2 have managed to lose my previous page, friends, points, donations and stars!!! :-(
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 ???...

6:04AM PDT on Apr 13, 2015

Thanks for the comment Amy L. you are obviously a kindred spirit...and I'll repeat my comment because care2 have managed to lose my previous page, friends, points, donations and stars!!! :-(
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 ???...


5:08PM PDT on Apr 12, 2015

Thanks.

5:04AM PDT on Apr 11, 2015

Entertaining comments, insipid article.
Actually i took t. bait and clicked on this as i was hoping for 1 of those fun personality quizzes... a type of entertainment i haven't enjoyed for several years. But, we're given only terse summaries of 4 types, and i didn't see any link to a quiz. What a swizz...-.-
hahaha rhyme unintended...that's my quirk, caused by my calling as lyricist ^^

9:05PM PDT on Apr 9, 2015

thanks

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