Men Use Condoms Less with Attractive Women

Last week, I wrote about the gross popularity of stealthing, and to follow up with that, I'm sharing a new study about one of the reasons why men love to lose the glove.

Researchers from the University of Southampton and the University of Bristol polled 51 straight men about their desire to have unprotected sex. They showed the small group pictures of 20 women’s faces before asking them questions. The scientists found that the men were less likely to want to wear a condom when the hypothetical sex partner had a prettier face. Anastasia Eleftheriou told the Washington Post, “Men are more willing to have condomless sex with attractive women, even though they might believe that those women are more likely” to have diseases.

I know, right. WHAT?!

During the study, each man used a sliding scale from 0 to 100 to rate the woman’s attractiveness, how likely he would sleep with her, how likely he would be to use a condom, and the odds that the woman was laden with disease. To no one’s surprise, the sexier the men found a woman, the more likely they wanted to do her.

Conversely, the researchers said men were split with whether or not beauty equated to sexual health or not. Some of the men tend to correlated attractive women with either being more promiscuous and thus more likely to have disease, or they thought pretty ladies were healthier than their non-symmetrical counterparts.

But this is where things get weird. Whatever the men felt about the ladies’ likelihood of spreading herpes, they still said they wouldn’t use a condom with her as long as she was really attractive. Roger Ingham, who co-authored the study, said there were two possible reasons for this risky behavior. One was a possible evolutionary thing—that men want to reproduce with the best-looking mates and thus throw their rubbers to the wind. The second option was that more attractive women are deemed a status symbol like a Ferrari or an Armani Suit, and this peacocking makes men more willing to take risks to keep that status symbol.

Overall, I'm not 100% sold on this study because the number of men surveyed was so small, but Eleftheriou said that her research shouldn't be overlooked because it still can give us insight into trends...

And one of those trends being men like to do it without condoms. Go figure.