Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

The Link between Sexual Exploitability and Sexual Attraction

Fri, March 28, 2014 | SEA Library, 4.244

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cognitive Science Area Meeting

Speaker: : Cari Goetz, Department of Psychology, UT Austin

This research explores the relationship between sexual exploitability and sexual attractiveness. Study 1 documented novel cues to sexual exploitability. Moreover, men found women displaying these cues to be attractive as short-term mates, supporting the hypothesis that men’s attraction functions to motivate the pursuit of sexually accessible women. In Studies 2 and 3, we tested a second hypothesis--that women oriented toward short-term mating use the sexual exploitability/sexual attractiveness link to strategic advantage in attracting mates. Study 2 found that short-term mating women were more likely to endorse using mate attraction tactics that involve displaying sexual exploitability cues. Study 3 found that short-term mating women creating a dating website video were more likely than their female counterparts to display exploitability cues in their videos. These convergent results across studies support the hypothesis that women pursuing short-term mating capitalize on the relationship between exploitability and attractiveness to achieve their mating goals.


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