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You might guess that someone who has included a photo of themselves hiking is an outdoorsy type of person. But as scientists who study human-animal interactionswe wanted to know what this meant for pet owners — in particular, male cat owners.
Prior studies suggested that women do judge a potential male partner based on whether he has pets. While they favor men with dogs, the showed that they also give men with cats an edge over non-pet owners. In our studywe recruited 1, heterosexual American women from 18 to 24 years old to take a short anonymous Sexy housewives seeking hot sex Grand Forks survey.
In the survey, we presented them with photos of one of two young white men in their early 20s either posing alone or with a cat. Each participant only rated one man, with and without a cat.
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Each time the participants saw a photo, we asked them to rate the man pictured on several personality attributes, including his masculinity, femininity and dateability. Most of the women found the men holding cats to be less dateable.
This result surprised us, since studies had shown that women found men with pets to have higher potential as partners. They also thought the men holding cats were less extroverted and more neurotic, agreeable and open.
Importantly, they saw these men as less masculine, too. Prior research suggests that women often seek masculine men — both in terms of physical appearance and Mobile text dating canada. So the fact that women in our study found the photo of the man alone more masculine and more dateable supports the idea that women are likely to look first for clues related to masculinity when determining dateability.
We suspect old cultural norms may be playing a role in the responses. Past research suggests that male femininity and homosexuality are still perceived to be connected.
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Since cats are sometimes associated more closely with female owners — and therefore, considered a feminine pet — posing with cats may have primed the women taking our survey to default to this outdated trope, despite some What is steroid abuse media efforts to elevate the status of male cat owners. Of course, like any research, our work has its limitations.
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