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The muscular male: a comparison of the physical attractiveness preferences of gay and heterosexual men

Swami, Viren and Tovee, Martin J. (2008) The muscular male: a comparison of the physical attractiveness preferences of gay and heterosexual men. International Journal of Men’s Health, 7 (1). pp. 59-71. ISSN 1532-6306

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3149/jmh.0701.59

Abstract

This study examined the association between sexual orientation and the perception of men's physical attractiveness. Twenty-seven heterosexual men and 23 gay men were asked to rate, according to physical attractiveness, a series of images of real men with known body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-chest ratio (WCR). The results showed that the WCR was the primary component of attractiveness ratings for both heterosexual and gay men. However, gay men showed a stronger preference for lower WCRs, indicating a preference for a more developed upper-body build. There were small differences in terms of preference for overall body weight, with both groups preferring an image with a BMI of about 21kg/m2. The findings are discussed in terms of gay culture, which emphasises the importance of muscularity in physical attraction.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:6766
Deposited On:06 May 2009 10:02
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