Sociologists at two French universities have been testing the assumption that music plays a role in sexual selection. Result: it does. What’s more, it works better if the male musician wears a beard.
According to the extract, 300 young women were solicited in the street for their phone number by a young male who held either a guitar case or a sports bag in his hands or had no bag at all. Results showed that holding a guitar case was associated with greater compliance to the request.
(Now try it with a cello case).
Meanwhile, social scientists at the University of New South Wales, Australia, find that, in their words, facial hair strongly influences people’s judgments of men’s socio-sexual attributes. They continue: Women judged faces with heavy stubble as most attractive and heavy beards, light stubble and clean-shaven faces as similarly less attractive. In contrast, men rated full beards and heavy stubble as most attractive, followed closely by clean-shaven and light stubble as least attractive. Men and women rated full beards highest for parenting ability and healthiness.