Blokes bloom after baby arrives

NZ Herald 12 April 2013
A man’s self-image is hugely boosted after he becomes a father – unlike women who often feel less physically attractive, according to new research. The University of California Santa Barbara study, published in the Journal of Gender Studies, found that husbands who had a child felt significantly more attractive after their child was born…

“Underlying that is the evolutionary theory of the human species that men are much more interested in being successful at reproducing. Feeling attractive in yourself is a side benefit of realising that you have been successful in procreating.” Perhaps men also had more of an opportunity to reflect on the legacy that they would be leaving behind through their child. “There are certain biological necessities that preface the woman into breast feeding while the man doesn’t necessarily get involved. Waking up in the middle of the night is something that is kind of optional for the man in a way that it is not for the woman. “Male and female roles are much more egalitarian than they used to be, but they’re not perfectly egalitarian and they probably never will be given the biological constraints having a child has on the woman.”
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