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Women Prefer Feminine Men

Pros and Cons of Dating Feminine Men

Women prefer men with feminine features, according to a new study. Men with square jaws, larger noses, and smaller eyes — aka masculine features — were seen by female participants as more dominant, less faithful, worse parents, and less warm. On the other hand, men with fuller lips, wide eyes, and thinner, more shapely eyebrows were judged as better long-term partners. But not all women had the same preferences — women from countries with poorer health preferred more masculine men.

While I'm not going to assume that a man's feminine features actually say anything about his worthiness as a partner, I will weigh in on what I believe to be the more superficial pros and cons of dating less-manly men.

Pro: Full lips, defined by the study as a feminine feature, are fun to kiss!
Con: It can be confusing to date someone who's "prettier" than you are.


Pro: You can share a stylist. Remember when Gwen and Brad had matching highlights?
Con: He uses your pricey beauty products instead of his basic Pert Plus.

Pro: He's well-groomed.
Con: You have to draw the line at eyebrow waxing. Taking care of the unibrow is allowed.

Pro: You can eat his fries because he's watching his figure.
Con: You always end up eating his fries.

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Pro: He might be more willing to talk about his feelings.
Con: If you don't want to hurt them, you have to be careful what you say.

Pro: You don't have to worry about him spending hours in the gym lifting weights with his bros.
Con: Let's hope he's at least strong enough to open a stubborn jar when we don't want to.

Pro: He gives attention to his sartorial choices that complement your fashionable look.
Con: Too much high maintenance is a turn off — for a man, or a woman.

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nancita nancita 7 years
My boyfriend is a dapper dresser, I must admit. Sometimes I feel like I have to step up my game when we go out, which isn't a bad thing. But he's got enough dude qualities to balance it out.
acyl acyl 7 years
Nope, don't do girly-men! True, I don't like beef-cakes either, but I like a man in Carharts and workboots and who isn't afraid to get dirty. SEXY!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
why was the pic from Zac Efron changed to Chuck Bass? oh well, both are too pretty for my tastes!
lolalu lolalu 7 years
Oh Chuck Bass... Anyway, I kind of love that my hubby is a feminine/metrosexual man. He's always very clean and well groomed which is huge for me. Not into dirty/scruffy looking dudes, just not my thing.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
To be honest, I'm not really into feminine guys! I don't like rough guys either, someone in the middle would do for me.
Lyv Lyv 7 years
Ah, I sure hope all women are going for the girly fellows. Competition is tough enough as it is. (:
PontNeuf PontNeuf 7 years
I'll stick to dating women. Problem solved.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
This study can't be true for all dudes. My husband has a huge snoze and he's wanted kids forever and he's a darn good parent.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
The link the study makes is testosterone=more masculine features, more manly traits... theoretically feminine qualities=less testosterone. The question it poses is whether this preference is related to medical advances, if a woman is financially secure and survival is no longer an issue. Which is more interesting than Zac Efron. In terms of appearance, I kind of like a scruffy face and chest hair. In terms of other qualities, I think even the manliest men can have a feminine side. It's called having more than one dimension.
b1uebunn b1uebunn 7 years
Yeah, ditto anonymous. "Feminine" facial features and being metrosexual are TOTALLY different. And Zac Efron looks masculine to me. The Pro and Con list wasn't worthy of Cosmo or Teen People. Do better, TresSugar.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I do pretty boys...well I did till I settled on one lol. It comes down to masculinity for me pretty or not. That to me is the key to sexy appeal between my self and another. I've often had to let down feminine acting men because there's a reason that I like men, I like the masculinity.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Same here -- I'm not a fan of pretty boys, or metrosexuals. They're not my type. I prefer a man who's masculine (and still a gentleman with good manners and social skills), and who has good personal hygiene and proper grooming (shaving, regular haircuts, etc.). Anything beyond this is too much for my taste. JMHO.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I don't do pretty boys. I obviously want a man who takes care of himself, but guys like Zach Efron look they'd cry if you looked at them cross eyed.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Haha- that's funny. Not really a fan of feminine boys either. Obviously I like them neat and hygienic but we can stop there.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i'm not not not a fan of pretty boys my bf plucks his brows in the middle, and dresses nicely...but is manly in all other ways and i love that
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