In today’s post, I cover a forthcoming article in Personality and Individual Differences authored by Bernhard Fink, Nadine Hugill, and Benjamin P. Lange in which they investigated men’s perceptions of women’s dancing and gait attractiveness as a function of when the movements were captured (fertile versus non-fertile phase of the menstrual cycle). Forty-eight women were recorded engaging in both behaviors (at the two stages of their menstrual cycles) using a standardized protocol that removed all extraneous factors (e.g., video clips were transformed into traced silhouettes). Subsequently, two hundred men rated the women’s dancing and gait attractiveness on a 1-7 scale (one hundred men per movement type) without knowing the menstrual status of the women in question.
Readers might recall two of my earlier posts in which I addressed men’s dancing ability and women’s gait attractiveness from an evolutionary perspective. In the former post, I reviewed two studies that found links between men’s dancing abilities and their digit ratios and body symmetry respectively while in the latter post I described a study that established a link between a woman’s gait attractiveness (as judged by men) and her menstrual cycle. To my surprise, the researchers in question had found that women’s gaits were judged as more attractive during the luteal (non-fertile) phase.