As you may all can tell I am a fan of multimedia, and am especially a sucker for any of those Discovery channel or National Geographic documentaries. I first watched this documentary with my roommate sophomore year and it has stuck with me since. However, now it is actually relevant. This documentary is titled the Science of Sex Appeal. I thought it was appropriate as having just read Monkeyluv (the chapter). It covers the idea that we are attracted to symmetry and the cross-cultural beliefs on beauty. There is this one section though, covering a study of the basis of attraction based on one’s view of their own level of attractiveness. In the study they took away any of the participant’s “distracting” characteristics (i.e. covering their hair and dressing in the same clothes). Each participant was given a number unbeknownst to them and was asked to get the highest number possible of the opposite sex. Many numbers paired off with or within one number of their own. Then, the participants were asked to take off the hair cap and try to match up with the man or woman they found the sexiest. Before the study the men and women were asked to rate the attractiveness of the participants opposite sex. Interestingly, the pairs were again within one number of each other.
Another tidbit that we have touched on in class is the fact that women are found more attractive when they are closer to ovulating. One study in this documentary showed that women’s faces actually change as they get closer and closer to ovulation. Maybe that is why strippers make more money when they are ovulating?
I think all the parts of the documentary are on youtube but if you have a Netflix account its available to watch on your computer! It makes for a wonderful Thanksgiving break activity! Enjoy!