Many even wish their current partners were hairier, the report found, indicating “strong preferences for masculine traits.”
Yes, I am avoiding hardcore news as I just can’t take anymore this week. Time for something more lighthearted. Sit down. Gay men love guys with beards!
Overall, the findings determined that facial hair produced a stronger sexual response in participants than being clean-shaven. However, length matters. Women attracted to men preferred light stubble for a one-night stand.
A full beard, while less sexy, ranked better for a long-term mate — the latter because primally, it “indicates a male’s ability to compete for resources,” reports The New York Times.
Gay men showed an even stronger preference than women for facial hair.
“Homosexual men preferred hairier stimuli than heterosexual women, supporting past findings that homosexual men have strong preferences for masculine traits,” noted the report.
Male participants indicated an attraction to mates with a “self-similar degree of beardedness.” However, the reported quantity of desired facial hair was thicker than their actual partner’s. The study noted that, alas, not everyone ends up with their “ideal” lover, and life often requires “compromise.”