Evolution of attraction in reference to sexual orientation

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    Oct 19, 2014 5:16 PM GMT
    Hello all,

    I am trying to find any research on the subject of this post. I often see a lot of studies on attraction, how attraction has changed over the years, and why it changes. These articles are always in reference to heterosexuality, I have always been interested in seeing if any studies have been conducted on the same subject, but also factors in homosexuality.

    The ideal read (or watch) would be something like the documentary "The Science of Sex Appeal", (On netflix btw) but factors in homosexuality.

    Thanks!
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    Oct 20, 2014 12:26 PM GMT
    lupsided saidHello all,

    I am trying to find any research on the subject of this post. I often see a lot of studies on attraction, how attraction has changed over the years, and why it changes. These articles are always in reference to heterosexuality, I have always been interested in seeing if any studies have been conducted on the same subject, but also factors in homosexuality.

    The ideal read (or watch) would be something like the documentary "The Science of Sex Appeal", (On netflix btw) but factors in homosexuality.

    Thanks!


    Meet with me and we can make that documentary together icon_smile.gif
  • starboard5

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    Oct 20, 2014 1:56 PM GMT
    I'm not particularly knowledgeable on this subject but I'm not sure there is a homosexual/heterosexual distinction, beyond the obvious. Are you looking at aesthetics or sexual drive? Have you looked at the studies about facial symmetry and the perception of beauty? At that level, attractiveness would seem to transcend gender. But then, I'm not sure symmetry accounts for what you may be examining. I don't think a Grecian urn ever made a guy's dick hard.
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    Oct 20, 2014 2:09 PM GMT
    Well I think a lot of it has to do with the influence of media.
    Mainstream media for the most part influences what trends and what is considered 'hot', and therefore people may subconsciously adjust accordingly.
    Another factor is the environment in which they were brought up and what one was exposed to a lot growing up through adolescence.

    For gay men, it seems that the most influential media is gay porn.
    I think that explains much already lol.
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    Oct 20, 2014 2:23 PM GMT
    lupsided said... research on the subject ... on attraction ... factors in homosexuality
    you might find out gay attractions are mostly the same as in the straight population.
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    Oct 20, 2014 3:55 PM GMT
    Tall, well build, brown hair, hazel eyes... I'd say you'd be attractive to anyone (gay or straight) in any era. Any further research will require we meet for a hands-on field study. icon_twisted.gif
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    Oct 20, 2014 8:06 PM GMT
    When I was 15 I read a book from Nancy Etcoff entitled "Survival of the Prettiest". I liked it because it provided an objective insight on a problem that most people prefer to sweep under the carpet of "beauty is in the eye...". Basically she defends that many of our beauty standards have an atavistic-evolutionary source.

    http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Prettiest-The-Science-Beauty/dp/0385479425

    Etcoff puts forth that beauty is neither a cultural construction, an invention of the fashion industry, nor a backlash against feminism, but instead is in our biology. It's an essential and ineradicable part of human nature that is revered and ferociously pursued in nearly every civilizatoin--and for good reason. Those features to which we are most attracted are often signals of fertility and fecundity. When seen in the context of a Darwinian struggle for survival, our sometimes extreme attempts to attain beauty--both to become beautiful ourselves and to acquire an attractive partner--become understandable. Moreover, if we come to understand how the desire for beauty is innate, then we can begin to work in our interests, and not soley for the interests of our genetic tendencies.
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    Oct 20, 2014 8:18 PM GMT
    You have a higher chance of finding research material by going to a library. Asking guys on this site will leave your inquiries unanswered and a lot of confusion.
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    Oct 21, 2014 5:34 AM GMT
    lupsided saidHello all,

    I am trying to find any research on the subject of this post. I often see a lot of studies on attraction, how attraction has changed over the years, and why it changes. These articles are always in reference to heterosexuality, I have always been interested in seeing if any studies have been conducted on the same subject, but also factors in homosexuality.

    The ideal read (or watch) would be something like the documentary "The Science of Sex Appeal", (On netflix btw) but factors in homosexuality.

    Thanks!


    Here is some research -

    Welling, L., Singh, K., Puts, D., Jones, B., & Burriss, R. (2013). Self-Reported Sexual Desire in Homosexual Men and Women Predicts Preferences for Sexually Dimorphic Facial Cues. Archives Of Sexual Behavior, 42(5), 785. doi:10.1007/s10508-012-0059-8

    Kinnish, K., Strassberg, D., & Turner, C. (2005). Sex Differences in the Flexibility of Sexual Orientation: A Multidimensional Retrospective Assessment. Archives Of Sexual Behavior, 34(2), 173. doi:10.1007/s10508-005-1795-9
  • bro4bro

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    Oct 22, 2014 4:07 AM GMT
    I'm not aware of any research on the subject but the most blatantly obvious turnabout in the homoerotic ideal I've seen in my lifetime is the switch from the ultra-hairy-chested look of the 70s and early 80s to the current shaved-smooth preference (well in place by the early 90s).

    I've always believed this was all due to the media. At some point around the late 80s - early 90s, advertisements in print and on TV began making liberal use of shaved male chests and nipples in extreme close-up. This was done essentially as a subliminal substitute for female breasts, which couldn't be shown. But as an unintended side effect, the gay population took a look and said holy crap, that's hot!!! Partly due to conditioning, and partly because, well, it's hot!

    Yep, I'll admit it - I'm naturally very hairy. Started shaving in the mid 90s, and couldn't believe how much more comfortable it is!!!