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Women More Likely Than Men to Reject Unattractive Babies


Women More Likely Than Men to Reject Unattractive Babies

Despite the popular phrase “a face only a mother could love” (see also:  the warthog, Jocelyn Wildenstein), a new study has shown that we chicks may not be so accepting of not-so-pretty mugs, after all.

The Harvard-affiliated study included 13 men and 14 women who were shown photos of 80 infants, including 50 “normal” ones and 30 with “abnormal” facial features, and asked to score them on attractiveness.

The men’s attractiveness ratings for “normal” babies were apparently much lower than those given by women, whereas women and men gave “abnormal” faces similar unattractive ratings.  However, women made a greater effort to avoid looking at the less attractive faces.  No word on whether that means they merely blinked or screamed, “GET THAT BABY OUT OF MY FACE!”  Could be either one, really.

The findings might reflect an evolutionary-based need to provide limited resources only to healthy offspring, suggest the researchers.

“Women may be more sensitized to aesthetic defects and may be more prone to reject unattractive kids.  Men do not appear to be as motivated.  They didn’t expend the same effort,” said study first author Rinah Yamamoto.

That’s probably because they expend that effort judging potential female partners’ racks instead.

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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