Attraction to men and women predicts sexual dimorphism preferences

Carlota Batres*, Benedict C. Jones, David Ian Perrett

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Objectives: Sexual orientation categories are commonly differentiated in the partner preference literature. Yet little is known about how the variability within each category influences partner preferences.

Methods: We investigated women’s (N = 27,611) preferences for sexual dimorphism in male faces in relation to self-reports of sexual attraction to men/women (from ‘not at all’ to ‘very’).

Results: Self-identified heterosexual women reported considerable variation in sexual attraction levels. We found that sexual dimorphism preferences related positively with attraction to men and negatively with attraction to women.

Conclusions: Such variability in women’s sexuality should be taken into account when investigating partner preferences.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
VolumeLatest Articles
Early online date21 Jan 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jan 2020


  • Sexual fluidity
  • Masculinity
  • Preferences
  • Faces
  • Sexual dimorphism


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