It’s time for my facial masculinity rant – or “how frustrating it was to be right all along and still wrong in ways I hadn’t expected”.
In 2002, as a baby PhD student I gathered data on women’s preferences for masculinity, health and age in men’s faces, expecting to get an overall ‘preference for quality’. It didn’t turn out as planned…
At this time everyone assumed that masculinity, via testosterone (T), indicated underlying immunity because T is immunosuppressive. This was fairly well evidenced in birds and had been put forward to explain cyclic variation in women’s preferences for masculinity.