No evidence that facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) is associated with women’s sexual desire

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Abstract

Facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) has been linked to many different behavioral tendencies. However, not all of these correlations have replicated well across samples. Arnocky et al. (in press, Archives of Sexual Behavior) recently reported that sexual desire was correlated with fWHR. The current study aimed to test this relationship in a large sample of women. fWHR was measured from face images of 754 women. Each woman completed the Sexual Desire Inventory, which measures total, dyadic, and solitary sexual desire. Analyses revealed no significant correlations between fWHR and any of our measures of sexual desire. These null results do not support the hypothesis that fWHR is related to women’s sexual desire. Additionally, we found no evidence that women’s face-shape sexual dimorphism was related to their sociosexual orientation.

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Zhang, W., Hahn, A. C., Cai, Z., Lee, A. J., Holzleitner, I. J., DeBruine, L. M., & Jones, B. C. (2018). No evidence that facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) is associated with women’s sexual desire. PLoS ONE, 13(7). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200308

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