Original Article from Washington Post
Highlights From The Article:
"Women, when asked in a study to judge photos of men's bodies, rated the strongest men as the most attractive. Height and leanness were appealing attributes, too, but strength played an outsize role in the ratings of a man's torso, per a report published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B."
"There was no nuance to these results, he said. Zero of the 160 women surveyed showed a statistical preference for weaker men."
"The researchers also discovered a linear relationship between a man's rated strength and his attractiveness. “What really explains the lion’s share in attractiveness is how strong a man looks,” Lukaszewski said."
"The study authors described a strong body as a signal, one our ancient ancestors would have understood: This is a healthy individual with a hearty immune system, the ripped body suggests, someone who can devote calories to building muscle rather than fighting off germs. Strength was also an “indicator of one’s ability to provide material and social benefits,” Lukaszewski said. In this interpretation, a strong man has value as a potential protector of women and children and is desired by other men as an ally."
I know, as if we needed another post promoting the reasons to lift. The results are astoundingly clear. Women prefer stronger men, duh. Something we all know.
What's funny is the article brings in another person not involved with the study to critique it. Obviously, there are other factors involved in attractiveness but its hard to ignore how obvious strength is in the equation.
It is still surprising the number of BP guys who refute this, talk about game, etc as a substitute for hitting the gym. Really if you at all care about attracting women, you can't ignore this.
EDIT: from u/corsega - Here is the fulltext: http://sci-hub.tw/10.1098/rspb.2017.1819