New Study Suggests Gay Men More Attracted to 'High Fertility' Males

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday November 18, 2020

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A new study suggests that gay men, like their straight counterparts, find women more attractive if they are more fertile - and they also find highly fertile men more attractive, reports PsyPost.

The results were based on a sampling of 64 gay men (and 60 straight men, as well) who looked at the photo of a woman and and read a fictitious profile about her. Some men read a profile indicating she was highly fertile, while others suggested her fertility was low. Both groups - gay and straight - viewed the same photo, but rated the woman more attractive when they were shown the "high fertility" profile, PsyPost reported.

But what was also true was that when a second group - this one with 124 gay men and 100 straight men - were shown a photo and similar information about a man, the gay group rated him more attractive if they thought he was highly fertile, whereas the straight men did not.

Based on these results, the paper, titled "Fertility as a cue for attractiveness in homo- and heterosexual men," argues that "Mating strategies seem to be closely tied to biological sex not to sexual orientation."

"We hypothesize that, due to an interplay of mating strategies derived from a person's biological sex and the sexual orientation of a person (which develops independently of biological sex), not only heterosexual but also homosexual men should find high fertility more attractive in other," the paper's abstract reads.

In other words, men of any sexual orientation are hard-wired to seek sex with people who are more highly fertile. This carries an evolutionary advantage for straight men in that it may result in their siring more offspring, scientists theorize.

Though more studies would be necessary to verify and "generalize" the results, lead study author Robin Rinn, of the University of Wuerzburg, held up the results as proof that gays and straights are far more alike than different, PsyPost reported.

"Personally, I hope that our research can help to reduce stereotypical views of homosexual people in showing that there are more similarities with heterosexuals than there are differences," Rinn told PsyPost.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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