October 29, 2008

Red Stirs Primal Urges in Men

According to recently released research, women who wear red are found to be more attractive by men. This falls in line with the animal world--female baboons and chimpanzees become redder when they are ovulating, to send out sexual signs to the males, who find the females more attractive.

And as the researchers said, “Our findings confirm what many women have long suspected and claimed—that men act like animals in the sexual realm.”

In the study, done by the University of Rochester in New York, five psychological experiments were done to assess how color might affect a man’s view on a woman’s attractiveness.

The study showed that men found women in red to be more attractive (even the same woman in two different outfits, one red and one of another color—she was more attractive in the red outfit). Additionally, women in red were more likely to be asked out and to receive a more expensive date.

Red did not change how a woman rated the attractiveness of another woman. Nor did it change how a man rated a woman’s likeability, intelligence or kindness.

To read the entire article by Shari Roan a the Los Angles Times, go to http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/features/6082987.html

So, what are your thoughts on this? Should we all be blonde wearing red?

~Anna Kathryn


Renee said...

Nice topic. I can't wear red well. And as far as being blond well, I can't do that well either.


Tessy said...

Red is my favorite color...I love to wear it...had no idea about the animal kingdom's take on it, though! LOL!!

Great post, Melinda!

Gwynlyn MacKenzie said...

I read the article you referenced and thought, "Darn it all. I should be the most attractive woman on the planet!" LOL Very few are the days I'm NOT wearing red. As I type this, my nails are red, my robe is red, and the purse at my feet is red. Great color. I like the bluer reds, can't do the yellow reds. Most people can wear red, they just need to be aware of the yellow and blue variations.

Great post.

Skhye said...

LOL. I studied primatology. Love it! And this is an awesome study. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Banche said...

Should we all be blonde wearing red?**end snip **

Actually, red looks best on dark-haired women. For all the hype out there about blondes, maybe there's some hope for those of us with dark hair.

Anne Carrole said...

I always knew there was a reason red was my favorite wardrobe color! My husband's going to laugh out loud since he's the one that commented on how many red outfits I have!:)

Gerri Bowen said...

That was interesting. When I next buy an outfit, I think I'll look for red, just fot the heck of it.