Men’s needs and tactics for mate selection are programmed in their DNA. Today’s men’s behavior is still affected by evolutionary selection choices by ancestors over the past millions of years. Our ancestors lived in a world that was dangerous and very different from our world today. Humans survived as a species because of wise choices and practices of ancient ancestors. Many of the ancient male tactics for mate selection are still used today by most men. What worked best for our male ancestors to get a mate and produce offspring still shows in the behavior and body language of most men today!
Research on men’s behavior and body language in mate selection indicates that men seek a mate with characteristics that can produce the healthiest offspring. It is also interesting that these mate hunting practices in men are evident most of their life, even when elderly and not making babies!
Men Know What They Want
Men’s most desired characteristics in women are primarily physical. Below is what most men are attracted to in a woman:
Young and healthy. A young, healthy female has the best probability of conceiving and producing healthy offspring. Therefore for best success in passing on their genes in offspring, men have a preference for young healthy women. Characteristics associated with youth and health are these:

  • Breasts full, firm and not sagging.
  • Rounded hips and slim waist. (70% ratio is most desired.)
  • Long legs. (Adolescent’s legs grow faster than their body so long legs implies youth.)
  • Small lower part of face with full lips, high cheek bones and long neck.
  • Large eyes and small nose.
  • Long healthy hair.
  • Flat belly.
  • Hemispherical buttocks and arched back.

Men of all ages show a preference for symmetrical and proportional young women.
Symmetrical and well proportioned physical features are what we call “good looking”. “Good looking” implies good health and therefore healthier offspring.
Youth also ensures less chromosome damage. The older the mother, the greater the probability of producing offspring with genetic problems.
A waist that is 70% of her hip measurement.

Research in many cultures worldwide revealed men prefer the woman whose waist is 70% of her hip measurement. This 70% ratio was men’s first choice no matter what her total weight was.
This 70% ratio implies youthful high fertility and is pretty good assurance that she is not already pregnant by another man.

Men Hunt With Their Eyes
Man, the hunter, has a mental image of the desired ideal woman and he is always using his eyes to search for her. That is why men enjoy pictures of women so much.Women know that men prefer young, good looking, healthy females, so women use makeup to conceal signs of aging and poor health. A youthful healthy body is emphasized in every way possible. The 26 billion dollar beauty aids industry relies on women’s needs for products to make them appear to be young, healthy and fertile. Clothes, makeup, hair, high heel shoes, facial gestures, and body movements are used in ways to emphasize femaleness, healthiness and sexual maturity to get the attention of men. Add to that some outright flirting and males of all ages will follow them to get some action!
The Game is the Same at Any Age
Even after our child-bearing years are over, we look for a mate with the same characteristics for producing offspring. That DNA inherited need to pass on our genes in offspring is a strong drive that is always within us. Most women always seek a man who is strong and caring with a lot of resources to make a good home for the family — and “good looking” is not important. Most men at any age are always attracted to a healthy, young, fertile woman who could make healthy babies — even when he doesn’t want any children. It seems that the software that drives our internal unconscious mental “computer” for mate selection does not come with software upgrades for after menopause!

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