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Deep Dive Ep. 17 | Attractiveness & Menopause

Guest host, Simon Groome, talks about the relative effects and severity of ageing in men as compared with women. With reference to Bovet’s paper, this leads us to talk about whether female attractiveness can act as a cue for residual reproductive value (RRV) or future childbearing potential. Finally, speculating on why a growing number of young men actively prefer older women. The life history trade-off theory suggests that organisms that invest more heavily in their own personal growth over quickly reproducing (think elephants vs mice) reach maturation later, and so this can also apply to humans who reach menopause later and can stay youthful and virile for longer.

  • Bovet, Jeanne, et al. “Women’s attractiveness is linked to expected age at menopause.” Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31.2 (2018): 229-238.
  • Migliano, Andrea Bamberg, Lucio Vinicius, and Marta Mirazón Lahr. “Life history trade-offs explain the evolution of human pygmies.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104.51 (2007): 20216-20219.
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