My last article, “Are White Women Naturally More Attractive?” pissed a lot of people off.
That was not my intention. I didn’t write it to validate white supremacists or to upset dark-skinned women. I wrote it because, above all else, I value truth.
A more succinct article title would have been: “Are women with a slight tan or (somewhat) lighter skin tone more attractive?”—but that doesn’t make for good clickbait.
All the same, I’d thought I’d add a little balance to the debate.
Perhaps my absolute detest for political correctness skewed my objectivity.
Let’s revisit the topic.
I made two hypotheses:
1. Males have a biological predisposition for skin color preference.
2. Assuming the above to be true, said skin preference was for females with lighter skin.
Evidence for the first hypothesis is pretty robust. While socialization no doubt influences skin color preference, it would be prudent to suggest that biology has a least
some small role to play. Males are predisposed to favor child bearing hips, appropriate gynoid fat, and other cues of fertility. In fact, nearly all mammalian species exhibit some sort of biological predispositions when it comes to sexual selection. To deny any disposition extends to human skin tone – however small the influence – is naive at best.
The second hypothesis was that said biological preference is for females with lighter skin. This is remarkably consistent in the anthropological record. Furthermore, looking at data on human skin-tone dimorphism, lighter skin can be classified as a feminine cue, having clear implications for mate selection.
A sound theory.
…evidence to the contrary seems to raise more questions than answers. So perhaps a more qualitative approach is required.
Let’s ask some more important scientific questions like: What about my boner?
Why does any given man get more sexually aroused by a Ethiopian over a Englishwomen? Or Taino or Thai? And why is that subject to change?
Is it variety?
Is it gene pool diversification?
What’s more important: light skin on Caucasians? Or better asses on Africans and Hispanics? Or Asians being smaller (ie. size dimorphism)? What about body hair? Or breast size? Or jawline?
The bottom line is this:
There may be a biological predisposition for females with (somewhat) lighter skin, but research suggests it’s of low importance compared to other cues—and can be easily overridden.
Useful data is hard to find, so let’s conduct our own research, shall we?
Men, let’s vote.