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The attitude of women to the hair on the body of a man

It is generally accepted that most women do not like men with a significant amount of body hair. Finnish scientists conducted a study and assessed the level of male hairiness.

It is generally accepted that most women do not like men with a significant amount of body hair. But do such preferences have a biological basis, or is it simply the result of existing cultural attitudes? In their study, the Finnish researchers showed women “before and after photographs of a male torso before and after body hair removal” and asked them to rate the attractiveness of each photograph. They also surveyed women about their menstrual cycles and, in addition, found out the level of body hairiness of their partners and fathers. It turned out that women in general prefer a level of hairiness that resembles the amount of body hair of their current partners and their fathers, and they prefer less body hair during ovulation. The findings suggest that existing preferences are biologically based and that women may choose partners who are similar in body hairiness to their fathers (at least in Finland).

Men's body hair changes during the menstrual cycle and menopause.

Here are some excerpts from a published study:

“Women's attitudes towards male body hair are generally believed to change over the years depending on fashion, and are also influenced by the mass media. information. However, experimental data on this subject are currently insufficient. We investigated the effect of male body hairiness on preference levels in Finnish women before and after male body hair removal. We found that women's preferences are strongly correlated with the hairiness of their current partners, suggesting that this factor may play a role in choosing a man. We also found that during the period of highest fertility, women prefer men with less body hair, and post-menopausal women pay more attention to male hairiness than pre-menopausal women. Our study showed that during the fertile period of their cycle, Finnish women prefer those features that form the basis of the modern Western ideal of male beauty (lack of hair) than those features that are traditionally (though incorrectly) considered as signs of high testosterone levels and masculinity.. In addition, it seems that the phases of the menstrual cycle can determine the intensity and direction of women's preferences, even in favor of traits that are not indicators of "good genetics", and the choice of which may be due to cultural factors. Interestingly, the absence of body hair on the father's body is positively correlated with the absence of body hair on the body of their current partners. This is indicative of a female preference for the degree of hairiness of the parent's body and/or that such an attitude is heritable."

We recruited males with noticeable levels of body hair from the University of Turku and Abo Academy University (ages 20 to 32 years old, mean 25.7; standard deviation = 3.7). All men received a bottle of 0.33 liters of Koskenkorva vodka (Alko, Rajamaeki, Finland) as compensation for the loss of body hair and for the time spent.”