Today, in “thank you, captain obvious” news, a new study has found that men are less likely to wear condoms with women they find attractive. Researchers surveyed 51 heterosexual men to find out their thoughts and practices as it pertains to the opposite sex. The men ranged from 18 to 69 years old.
They showed each man 21 photographs of women considered to be “conventionally” attractive and had the men reveal their thoughts.
Researchers found that men were more likely to be sexually attracted to women that were good-looking (no surprise there) but they were also less likely to use a condom when having intercourse with these women. Men perceived these women to be ‘cleaner’ and less likely to carry sexually transmitted diseases.
On the flip side, researchers found that men were more likely to wear a condom with women they weren’t sexually attracted to. Men also believed unattractive women are more likely to carry diseases and infections.
Although the study group was small, it did point out interesting ideologies. Men are less likely to protect themselves when sleeping with attractive women.
This news is startling considering the fact that science shows us that attractiveness has no bearing on disease. Attractive people can carry and transmit diseases just like anybody else. Being attractive doesn’t prevent anybody from carrying or contracting a venereal disease.
Not only do condoms protect against STDs, they also protect against unwanted pregnancy. The study did not explore pregnancy. Perhaps, in the next study they can survey the men to find out if they are more likely to care for a child if the mother is deemed “attractive”.
It is important to note that looks have nothing to do with disease. Unattractive people are not more likely to carry diseases. People should always use condoms and get tested regularly to protect against the transmittance of disease.