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Here Are The Surprising Results Of Our Male Attractiveness Test

You voted last week in our poll about what you find more attractive in a man. Here are the fascinating results!

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Hundreds of thousands of you voted in our original video poll testing male attractiveness.

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The premise: we had the same man portray two different sides of himself in order to determine which version you’d find more attractive for an original experiment designed by a professional psychotherapist.

See if your answers matched with the general public's and a sample group of BuzzFeed producers.

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Actor/Model - Broderick Hunter

Psychotherapist and multiculturalist Matt Dempsey helped design this experiment to test how much we actually value traditional masculine traits in modern society.

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Societal factors - everything from family to culture to media - have shaped our views regarding what qualities a man should possess in order to be considered attractive...but are these gender norms as important to people today?

Needless to say, poll takers were immediately drawn to one side over the other, and their judgment of the man's personality based on a single scene was surprisingly in depth.

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One side portrayed a more traditionally masculine persona while the other showcased a more traditionally feminine one.

Traditionally masculine traits include qualities such as stoicism, strength, aggressiveness, emotional unavailability, carelessness, and a sense of cool.

Traditionally feminine traits include qualities such as openness, vulnerability, passivity, emotional intelligence, thoughtfulness, and a sense of commitment.

This common trope of traditionally masculine vs. feminine qualities in men is far more pervasive than you think: revisit every love triangle portrayed in anything from literature to film. Which guy did the lead (and the audience) usually feel more attracted to?

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Society has instructed us, relentlessly, that nice (read: "feminine") guys always finish last.

Interestingly, the only test that received higher votes for the more traditionally masculine side was the one featuring more expressive gestures vs. a closed off, calm posture.

Conclusion: the results of this experiment suggest that the sample polling group of upwards of 400,000 people preferred the less traditionally masculine portrayals, going against established societal gender norms and supporting a theory that our perception of male attractiveness is changing.

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"I definitely think that gender norms actually do still influence us, though I do think there's been an evolution overall in terms of what that might mean and how that's been redefined. Some of us really exist in more of an emotional side and some of us exist in more of a rational side, and sometimes it feels like those are two competing forces. When we're guided by what society tells us is okay and normal, then we're going to be shifted to one end of the spectrum instead of being balanced."

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