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July 02, 2003

Dark & sultry?

HAIR'S A SURPRISE: GUYS PREFER BRUNETTES says the NY POST title. I'm mildy skeptical, but I wish someone would do a large-scale survey of this sort of topic, the researcher in question interviewed 50 men and presented the results at a psychology conference. Sounds like contrarian research that can be manipulated by data sample selection bias (only 50 men, and done in an "interview" format), but it wasn't done as a paper in any case, so I can't look up methods & results.



Posted by razib at 09:55 PM




Guys prefer brunettes who are as beautiful as Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Posted by: Randall Parker at July 3, 2003 10:15 AM


Is this all that surprising? I don't know how scientific they are, but polls run by People and its ilk on "sexiest female" are regularly topped by Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, and other brunettes.

Posted by: greg at July 3, 2003 04:44 PM


IMHO, the average blonde looks better than the average brunette, but the most beautiful women are brunettes.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at July 3, 2003 06:53 PM


Hawkins, much suggested by your remarks.
1)what are the standards of attraction we're talking about here?
2)"average" is subjective. There are a billion more brunetts than there are blondes. Whatever the standard of attraction is, it is therefore more likely that you will find more of it among the darkies, if this is your approach.

Texas psychologists (UT) have found that infants prefer brightly colored faces, and also prefer what most adults consider "beautiful."
http://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/students/DAVISD/langlois_version3/research/infantprefs.html


They also, in infancy, begin to discriminate as to whom they are like, and whom they aren't:
http://www.anthro.utah.edu/PDFs/courses/orourke/6211/firstdrafts/SchugDraft1.pdf

So, if there really is a standard, it's "out of the mouths of babes and sucklings" after all. Psalm 8.

Posted by: David Yeagley at July 4, 2003 10:03 AM


The rarity of blondes may end up making them appear more desirable than they are in absolute terms. If a third of men prefer blondes and one woman in twenty is blonde, blondes will be at a premium despite the overall preference for brunettes.

Posted by: bbartlog at July 5, 2003 10:37 AM


If you really want to plumb the depths of brunette beauty, you gotta go Monica Bellucci.

Posted by: todd at July 6, 2003 04:19 PM


Bartlog, did you look at the links I posted, or consider what I said? INFANTS prefere bright faces and colors.

Posted by: David Yeagley at July 6, 2003 04:20 PM


It all depends where you are; in my ancestral neck of the woods everyone is tall, blond, and blue-eyed. If a brunette showed up unanounced she would definitely get more male attention than the very common blondes.

Posted by: friedrich braun at July 6, 2003 08:25 PM


David -
no, I hadn't; my post was not intended as a reply to yours, but simply as a comment on the original topic. I was already aware that infants have been shown to be able to distinguish attractive and unattractive faces, and since that seemed somewhat tangential to the topic of adult male hair color preference I didn't follow your links.

Posted by: bbartlog at July 7, 2003 10:06 AM


Recent and larger studies show that men are more likely to SAY they prefer blondes but field research demonstrates that, contrary to what they say, they actually approach brunettes romantically at a much higher rate than they do blondes. So what is said and what is reality are two different matters. The reality is that men ask out brunettes more often than they do blondes.

Posted by: Robert at August 16, 2003 01:17 PM


I prefer blondes. I don't agree with the comment made about how beautiful women are brunettes - that's a matter of opinion. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think it varies from woman to woman - there are many average people of all ethnicities and hair color groups and there are many 'beautiful' women in all ethinic groups, including those from western europe who are natural blondes.

Posted by: Matt at August 25, 2003 01:48 AM


Being a blonde myself, I enjoy it, simply because of all the controversy between blondes and brunettes. That is a true statement; brunettes are the ones that we all see with guys, but the reason being is because there are more brunettes to go around. I consider being blonde a privelage since there aren't as many out there. And obviously from my experience around some of my friends, who are brunettes, they always make rude comments about blondes and yet they are the ones who are supposedly more "desireable." Now, then why if they are more desireable to men, are they having to make rude comments about blondes? Maybe because they are jealous? Though they wouldn't admit it, it is an insecurity. I don't have a problem with brunettes because I am happy with myself and being blonde and I would rather be blonde because I think that blondes have to prove themselves because for some reason some people still hold onto the old cliche of "dumb blondes." That just gives me more incentive to prove that blondes are every bit as good as brunettes and can be very powerful.

Posted by: Amber at August 25, 2003 10:06 PM


I THINK THAT MEN DO NOT PEFER EITHER. THEY MORE OR LESS LOOK FOR THE PERSONALITY IN THE END AND YES IT IS TRUE THAT GUYS DO LOOK AT THE "BEAUTY" OF A GIRL BEFORE HER PRSONALITY BUT I DONT HAVE A PROBLEM GETTING A GUY WHEN I AM WITH MY BRUNETTE FRIENDS MAYBE I GET EVEN MORE. BUT AT THE SAME TIME THEY MIGHT ON SOME NIGHTS GET MORE THAN ME ALSO. NO BIGGY BUT IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE GUY AND WHAT APPEALS TO HIM. WHICH COULD BE BOTH ALL AT THE SAMETIME.

Posted by: DEVIN at September 10, 2003 01:27 PM


The finest brunette is Freda Beverly. She is more real than Zeta Jones!

Posted by: Sidney Broadway at October 7, 2003 06:33 AM