What are you wearing?
Published on January 10, 2013 by Noam Shpancer, Ph.D. in Insight Therapy
In many people’s minds the sources of sexual attraction—the vaunted ‘chemistry,’ the elusive ‘electricity’—are shrouded in mystery. Indeed, much remains unknown about why two people are attracted to each other. Nevertheless, in recent decades science has revealed many secrets about heterosexual attraction. We know for example that women around the world are attracted to symmetrical male bodies and faces, to the physical manifestations of testosterone (a strong chin, broad shoulders, deep voice), and to a man’s social status, intelligence, and sense of humor. We know that men all over the world are attracted to signals of youth in a female (smooth skin, lush hair, generous lips), to the ‘hourglass’ figure (a waist to hips ratio of 0.7) and so on. Now, many studies point to another fundamental source of attraction: the color red.
Granted, as Elliot, et al., 2010 point out, the connection is not entirely surprising. Red is commonly associated with passion and eroticism—just think of the Red Light District, red roses, red lipstick, red wine, the ‘Lady in Red’….
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