Wives with masculine husbands are more satisfied with their marriage - but only when they are at the most fertile point of their menstrual cycle, a new study reveals. Research has revealed women with dominant and assertive partners are more likely to report feeling happy with their relationship close to their time of ovulation. The scientists behind the study suggest this could be explained by a woman's unconscious desire to have children with a masculine man. Women have evolved to want to reproduce with masculine men as they are more likely to carry strong genes, according to the researchers. They added that their findings suggest men can improve satisfaction in their relationship by acting more'masculine' when their female partners are ovulating.
While sexual intimidation is often classed as a crime, a shocking new study suggests that the practice may be more widespread than previously thought. Researchers looked at the mating habits of chacma baboons, and found that males of the species often use long-term sexual intimidation to control their mates. Worryingly, the researchers suggest that this mating strategy has a long history in primates, including humans, and may be more commonplace than realised. The researchers studied two large baboon groups over four years. Their studies showed that fertile females suffered more aggression from males than pregnant and lactating females did.
It has long been found by scientists that men find the natural scent of women more attractive at times when they are most likely to conceive a baby. But new research suggests that men might not be alone - women also find other women most attractive when they are at their most fertile. From an evolutionary point of view, the finding that women find the smell of potential rivals pleasing is harder to explain. The women whose scents were used were not wearing perfume or antiperspirant. A total of 96 women aged between 18 and 40 were asked to rate scents in two ways.
But it's now been demonstrated in a more convincing, scientific way that provides a path for more important research down the road. If it's true, as Arslan found, that the use of oral contraceptives flattens out such changes in desire, then we still have much to learn about the nature of that medication's psychosexual effects. The only randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial on this topic, published in 2016, suggested that the pill might exert a small downward push on women's sexual desire, pleasure, and arousal. Since this could influence a woman's choice of medication, it would be nice to know for sure that it's for real. Another major theme of ovulating-woman research also seems to have withstood the closer scrutiny: Women do rate themselves as sexier when they're in the fertile phase, according to the recent studies--and, perhaps more surprisingly, so do men who look at them in photographs.
They are our closest ape cousins who famously prefer to make love rather than war, but it seems the female dominated societies of bonobos may not be as idyllic as they first seem. Biologists have discovered the apes, which live in the Congo basin of Africa, owe their apparently peaceful lives to widespread deception by the fairer sex. They say that female bonobos have become the dominant sex in their societies – a structure that is unusual among great apes – by tricking males about when they are fertile. Bonobos are known for their peaceful societies where females take the dominant role. Researchers believe they may have achieved this dominance by deceiving males in their group about when they are fertile.