Jowls, crows feet, veiny arms...these things really turn my crank.
Costly signaling is a fad in biology right now, it seems like. There was a professor at UW who gave a talk on it a couple years ago, and I thought it was fascinating.
Causes for asymmetry:
disturbances in the womb
baseball bat to the nose in junior high
@2: You're right, it is utterly fascinating. Seen this? Shannen Doherty's personality isn't the only thing off-kilter.
Six pack abs can be symmetrical too.
your boyfriend? Isn't it time you make an honest man out of him? I'm sure he would agree to a fair pre-nup.
Old news. It's amazing how often the popular press repackages old news.
@4 - Shannen Doherty has creeped me out since Little House on the Prairie with those lopsided eyes. Everyone I pointed it out to thought I was crazy.
On a biological level, another thing to consider is the mate choices of women on the pill may be less than optimal. Normally, one chooses a mate with differences in biochemistry (immunity, etc) that increase the chance of survival. On the pill, women are more frequently attracted to mate choices that are less different and may increase risk factors (it's a survival characteristic that makes it possible to stay with your relatives after you bed down that attractive stranger - and ensure the survival of your children).
But I'm not sure what it would be for gay mate choices - lesbian or otherwise ...
Um , newsweek reported this in the 1990s. They used a picture of Lyle Lovett to show an example of lack of symmetry.
Still pining I see. Good luck with that.
Poor Thom Yorke
@11 - no. I'm just telling you that we're all a mass of chemicals that muck around with our emotions and choices. We still have minds, but it's an interesting observation.
Besides, we all know what guys think with - and we're easily known for having even worse inclinations, regardless of how we choose to act - or not - on them.
Heck, even what you eat impacts your reactions.
I've always been a bit of a skeptic on this. And I very often find our cultural icons of "perfection" despairingly dull. I like a little imperfection. I like character. I think that on the right man, a broken nose is masculine and sexy as hell.
And while I find no appeal in someone so inbred they resemble the extras from "Deliverance," I very often find small imperfections completely endearing. Look at Michael Phelps for example. Offhand, he might seem like some model of male perfection, but if you really study him: Underbite. Jug ears. And totally adorable.
Andy Cohen from Bravo TV would be another example. His face is not perfectly symmetrical. But that thing that's going on with his eyes--I love that. Makes me totally want to get humpy with him.
And I think Paris Hilton is just completely weird and alien looking, but I have straight friends who totally want to fuck her.
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