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In a society hell-bent on good looks, it's pretty easy to get swept up in the hysteria. Are you fit enough? Do you have enough hair on your head? Is your penis big enough? Sorry about that last one, guys. It had to be addressed. Turns out, you can throw all that doubt and low self-esteem right in the freakin' trash. Why? Because science, that's why! We came across a new study that proves women are happier with less attractive men and yep, it's the early Christmas present we've been hoping for.
Naturally, we feel a little bit guilty that these standards only apply to men and not women, but as we've said on many occasions — here at FHM we champion all women, the sexiest ladies in the world, or otherwise, we love 'em all. Now, back to the good news. According to a study by Florida State University, heterosexual couples are more successful when the female is the more attractive one in the relationship. Question is, why?
"The study examined 113 exclusively newlywed couples in their 20s, who live near Dallas and had been married less than four months, thus rendering the findings completely unrepresentative of anyone not befitting that description."
Doctoral student and Assistant Professor of Psychology Andrea Meltzer, Tania Reynolds, suggests that while the examined group is very specific, the results have much larger ramifications:
"The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive. It might be helpful to identify women at risk of developing more extreme weight-loss behaviors, which have been linked to other forms of psychological distress, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and dissatisfaction with life."
Essentially, having an attractive husband places even more pressure on women to be fit, diet, and focus on aesthetics — this can often times lead to unhealthy eating behaviors or disorders. Yes, we realize this study has taken a pretty dismal turn. All we can do is mirror the sentiment of the study:
“One way to help these women is for partners to be very reaffirming, reminding them, ‘You’re beautiful. I love you at any weight or body type,’” Reynolds said. “Or perhaps focusing on the ways they are a good romantic partner outside of attractiveness and emphasizing those strengths: ‘I really value you because you’re a kind, smart and supportive partner.’”
There you have it, men. It's OK if you're not so good-looking, but you best believe it's very important to make sure your lady knows she's beautiful. In conclusion, don't be a d*ck. Show some compassion and be thankful for the love you have.
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