Amy Schumer has a joke about how while prepping to film Trainwreck, she was told to “have fun”—and lose weight. It’s a double standard she says, because why does she have to drop pounds while Hollywood decides that a believable leading man who snags a model type every time...has got to be Kevin James!
Why is it that it’s believable for the schlubby guy to land the perfect woman?
One study says it’s true in real life, that many women who are considered stunners are attracted to men who are not on their level physically.
Well, women are deeper, basically.
The study, from Abertay University in Scotland, showed a group of women pictures of men, some gorgeous, some regular, some not considered conventionally attractive, and asked them to rank the guys based on just their physical looks.
Mostly the gorgeous guys were considered gorgeous, and the not so attractive, not so dateable. All the volunteers had a “neutral expression, direct gaze and no adornments” in the photos.
But when a second round to the study was introduced, things changed drastically.
The women were given details about each of the men in the pictures—like if they had a good sense of humor, if they were creative, if they had imagination, and how their brain worked.
“Creative guys with less attractive faces were almost identical in attractiveness to really good-looking guys who were not as creative,” discovered Dr. Christopher Watkins, who spearheaded the study.
Guess what happened when the study was reversed?
Men were told to rate images of women, raging from beautiful to less physically attractive. Sadly, it turns out just how you think.
Women who were labeled less attractive but funny, still couldn’t change the guys minds. They were rated lower than model-typed who had bland personalities.
“By contrast, for women, two of the three experiments demonstrated that facial attractiveness enhanced their overall attractiveness to a greater extent than creativity (written expression and creative thinking) enhanced their overall attractiveness. Indeed, across these experiments, creativity weakened the appeal of women with less attractive faces and did not benefit their attractiveness when displayed by women with attractive faces,” said the study.
Really guys? Try these on for funny, brilliant, and hot. Sarah Silverman, Natasha Leggero, Amy Schumer, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Aisha Tyler, Whitey Cummings, Chelsea Handler, and on and on and on.
You can be all three. Isn't that something.
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