The science of attraction can be hard to predict, and sometimes it’s hard to determine exactly what attracts us to someone. It could be their sense of humor, their confidence, or we could just like their looks. And more specifically, when it comes to someone’s face, women are drawn to certain features, including scars, as it can keep them intrigued.

We wanted to better understand the secret behind this facial feature that wins points with women and makes men look more attractive in your eyes.

Facial Scar, As A Sign Of Strength And Bravery

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Previously, scars were assumed to be an unattractive facial feature in Western cultures, while in non-Western cultures they were perceived as a sign of maturity and courage.

However, in a recent study, scientists found that Western women find light facial scars attractive in men, as they associate them with strength and health.

Indeed, the assumption that scars are a sign of bravery is a view shared by the Yanomami tribe in Brazil and Venezuela, who use face paint to accentuate scars resulting from ritualized club fights designed to test a man’s endurance.

Scar Bearers, Mostly Popular For A Short-term Fling

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Scarred men may be more attractive to women, the idea being that these rugged-looking guys have an edgy personality or above-average masculinity than the sweet-faced, smooth-skinned guys.

However, these tough-looking guys seemed to be popular only for a short-term fling, while those without scars were seen as more loving and gentle, and consequently perceived as better wedding material.

Scars, As Bad Boy Image, Made Famous In Movies And Series

On a different note, television has made the image of the bad boy very romantic and attractive, and the edge of danger can be exciting. For example, Lethal Weapon 3, when Rene Russo’s character provides medical treatment to an injured Mel Gibson, the result  I’ll-show-you-mine-if-you-show-me-yours is both hysterical and intriguing.

On top of that, there’s also the famous scene in Jaws where the crazy captain, played by Robert Shaw, and the oceanographer played by Richard Dreyfus start proudly comparing their shark bite scars. Not to mention TV shows like Vikings, where shirtless, scarred men became a hit.

Do you also agree that a scar increases a man’s masculinity quotient? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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