Well, as I read the interplay between Bitchy, Eileen and Maymay about how men in our society can not be considered to be both “pretty” and “powerful” or “manly“, and the comments increase almost hourly with exceptions to those rules and about how some women are all about breaking down those stereotypes, in comes this news item:
Study: Men With ‘Cavemen’ Faces Most Attractive to Women
Guys with bulldog-like faces have been chick magnets throughout human evolutionary history.
A recent study of the skulls of human ancestors and modern humans finds that women, and thereby evolution, selected for males with relatively short upper faces.
The region between the brow and the upper-lip is scrunched proportionately to the overall size of their heads.
Among the men who fit the bill: Will Smith and Brad Pitt.
The scientists are not certain why today’s distinctive male face and its proportions evolved.
Here’s where it gets interesting:
While the scientists who authored the current study examined skulls and did not specifically study how modern faces fit the findings, the Natural History Museum press officers applied Weston’s findings to a “quick and dirty” survey of photos of celebrities.
They came up with a list of stars with masculine faces, listing them from most to least masculine according to facial dimensions: Will Smith, Australian singer Peter Andre, Justin Timberlake, French soccer pro Thierry Henry, Brad Pitt, David Beckham, Johnny Depp and Kanye West.
I don’t really have any comment on this, except to note the synchronicity of this article. That, and, perhaps because of my age, the word “pretty” doesn’t jibe with the list of adjectives that are “supposed” to go in the Masculine column on my internal checklist.
Frankly, I don’t think I ever gave this discussion topic much thought until last year, when I posted those pics of my new frenum piercing. A reader from another group saw them and wrote “Oooh, Tom – you’re *pretty*”
I didn’t know quite how to take that at first. Admittedly, I had to wonder for a few moments if she was being serious. “I’m a guy,” I thought to myself, “call me handsome, virile, or even ‘attractive’, but don’t compare me with a woman! That’s, like, you know… weird.”
Okay, so I just completely blew my image of “Mr. Non-judgmental.” Sorry.
Don’t worry, I’m all better now.
I don’t know where some of these cultural ideas come from, or why they hide inside us, exerting a subtle influence. But sometimes it takes an incident like this, or like what Maymay experienced in order to drag those mental bogeymen out into the daylight in order to be examined.