Men’s masculinity and attractiveness predict their female partners’ reported orgasm frequency and timing
It has been hypothesized that female orgasm evolved to facilitate recruitment of high-quality genes for offspring. Supporting evidence indicates that female orgasm promotes conception, although this may be mediated by the timing of female orgasm in relation to male ejaculation. This hypothesis also predicts that women will achieve orgasm more frequently when copulating with high-quality males, but limited data exist to support this prediction. We therefore explored relationships between the timing and frequency of women’s orgasms and putative markers of the genetic quality of their mates, including measures of attractiveness, facial symmetry, dominance, and masculinity. We found that women reported more frequent and earlier-timed orgasms when mated to masculine and dominant men—those with high scores on a principal component characterized by high objectively-measured facial masculinity, observer-rated facial masculinity, partner-rated masculinity, and partner-rated dominance. Women reported more frequent orgasm during or after male ejaculation when mated to attractive men—those with high scores on a principal component characterized by high observer-rated and self-rated attractiveness. Putative measures of men’s genetic quality did not predict their mates’ orgasms from self-masturbation or from non-coital partnered sexual behavior. Overall, these results appear to support a role for female orgasm in sire choice.
So we know that women orgasm and are generally more sexually satisfied with dominant and masculine men. Who knew? Full study here.
What’s interesting is that the masculinity is both subjective and objective.
- Objective components: high objectively-measured facial masculinity, observer-rated facial masculinity, high observer-rated attractiveness
- Subjective components: partner-rated masculinity, and partner-rated dominance, self-rated attractiveness.
I would be especially interested to see the data on subjective components to see if the trends hold true for ‘regular’ men of whom their wives have a strong impression of them. That would give some good credence to pair bonding and virginity.
If you look at the full study the ironic thing is men’s self rated masculinity was negatively correlated with female orgasm. Indeed, this suggests that the more ‘macho’ a man thinks he is (as opposed to actually is), the less his woman will orgasm. Nothing turns off a woman more than false bravado.
Female copulatory orgasm and male partner’s attractivenessto his partner and other women
Women’s copulatory orgasm may function to retain sperm from men with ‘‘good genes’’, one indicator of which is attractiveness, and one benefit of which is pathogen resistance. Women who perceive their partner to be more (vs. less) attractive are more likely to report orgasm at last copulation. Another benefit of male attractiveness to women is that he may sire offspring that will gain the heritable share of this advantage (i.e., ‘‘sexy sons’’). Research has not addressed the ‘‘Sexy Sons’’ Hypothesis (e.g., as indicated by women’s perception of other women’s assessments of their partner’s attractiveness) in regards to female copulatory orgasm. We secured self-reports from 439 women in a committed, heterosexual relationship and investigated the relationships between women’s orgasm at last copulation and (1) women’s assessments of their partner’s attractiveness and (2) women’s perceptions of other women’s assessments of their partner’s attractiveness. The results indicate that women mated to more (vs. less) attractive men are more likely to report orgasm at last copulation, and this relationship is mediated by women’s perceptions of other women’s assessments of their partner’s attractiveness. We discuss the mediated relationship, note limitations of the research, and suggest future research directions.
Looking at the full study, women more often had orgasms with attractive men and high relationship satisfaction. However, when you look at both the attractiveness of the man and other women’s assessment of their mate the associated is eliminated. In other words, other women’s perception of their mate play a role in orgasm frequency too. Women want what other women want.
Submission plays a role in marital satisfaction. Thus, ideally a wife’s man is a man that she finds attractive, that other women find attractive and she knows they do, and she has high marital satisfaction with (via her submission to him) as a masculine leader.
Nothing new or revolutionary in these parts, but always nice for some confirmation. Be attractive, don’t be unattractive. Be THE man.