Menstrual Cycle and Facial Preferences Reconsidered

@article{Harris2011MenstrualCA,
  title={Menstrual Cycle and Facial Preferences Reconsidered},
  author={Christine R. Harris},
  journal={Sex Roles},
  year={2011},
  volume={64},
  pages={669 - 681}
}
  • C. Harris
  • Published 11 April 2010
  • Psychology
  • Sex Roles
Two previous articles reported that women prefer less feminized male faces during the fertile phase of their menstrual cycle, supposedly reflecting an evolved mating strategy whereby women choose mates of maximum genetic quality when conception is likely. The current article contends this theory rests on several questionable assumptions about human ancestral mating systems. A new empirical test also was conducted: 853 adults, primarily from North America, evaluated facial attractiveness of… 
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