According to a piece in Sunday’s Times Online (UK)…
"FOR the female half of the population, it may bring a satisfied smile. Scientists have found that evolution is driving women to become ever more beautiful, while men remain as aesthetically unappealing as their caveman ancestors."
I can believe this without further investigation.
However. I will tell you that the research was conducted at the University of Helsinki by Markus Jokela. The article goes on to say that: "The measurements include objective assessments of physical attractiveness." This idea that there is an objective attractiveness of course comes from studies that show that notions for physical attractiveness have remained pretty standard — particularly in terms of facial symmetry being a big positive. (Man, did Picasso ever get it wrong!) Of course, there are many who reject the notion that attractiveness is measurable, but I’m inclined to accept that it is… within limits. (Ultimately, nothing is purely objective because there is no ultimate throne of judgment…. but don’t let me go all pomo over a fun little blog post).
Actually, I would be interested in seeing a study that also measured the attractiveness of gay men, as a separate category. I’d be willing to bet that gays do better than the rest of us neolithic male slugs.
Comments posted to the Times Online piece raise the idea that makeup and plastic surgery could be a factor in all this female beauty, as if a scientific study would not have taken that into account.
Anyway, this may be bad news for those who want women to fight "the beauty myth" — I don’t see many women turning their backs on a big genetic win.