The Growing Beauty Gap

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A new study released this week shows that women are getting more attractive over evolutionary time. However, men are not.

This study, by a team of scientists in Helsinki, builds on previous research showing that attractive couples are more likely to produce daughters. Evolutionary psychologist Kanazawa says:

“Physical attractiveness is a highly heritable trait, which disproportionately increases the reproductive success of daughters much more than that of sons. If more attractive parents have more daughters and if physical attractiveness is heritable, it logically follows that women over many generations gradually become more physically attractive on average than men.”

The article i am referencing, from Times Online, then goes on to offers some strange consolation to women who might feel slighted by evolution’s superficial considerations:

“Women may take consolation in the finding that men are subject to other types of evolutionary pressure.Gayle Brewer, a psychology lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, said: “For women, looks are much less important in a man than his ability to look after her when she is pregnant and nursing, periods when women are vulnerable to predators. Historically this has meant rich men tend to have more wives and many children. So the pressure is on men to be successful.”

It seems he is trying to comfort women by telling them men are getting smarter and more successful while they are only getting prettier. But not to worry, he’s totally wrong.

Just consider this.

And that’s not just some theory or self-report-based psych study. That’s life.

Girls v Boys aside-

This study also reminds me how peeved I am that Francis Collins was elected the new head of the NIH. He doesn’t believe that humans are evolving….

And if that doesn’t have you a bit worried, check out the man’s website. Yes. Those are Jesus fish.

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