Which of the young women shown above is prettier?
Here we have the faces of two women, the differences between whom are so subtle that I cannot articulate them. And yet, there is no question that the girl on the right is the prettier of the two.
According to this Reuters story, the two pictures are composites created from a population of women separated into two groups based on a single survey question: would you consider a one-night-stand?
The composites then became part of a survey of men, who were asked to guess which of the two would answer "yes" to being agreeable to a one-night-stand. And guess what? Seventy-two percent of the male respondents correctly identified the image on the right as belonging to women who were open to a one-night-stand.
At a conscious level, I would have no idea what features identify women with loose morals. But I wonder: what does the fact that Φ is more attracted to such women say about him?
And if this bias is widely held, as it appears, what does it say about our standards of beauty? And how much does this explain why the ranks of movie stars, selected for their beauty, also wind up behaving with such . . . immorality?