Brain Post: The Science Behind Why Men Prefer Blondes:


Marilyn Monroe skiing on sand in Nevada

Marilyn Monroe skiing on sand in Nevada

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There’s been a lot of speculation on this topic over the centuries.  Many of the brilliant -ologies of our society have tried to explain this very simple phenomenon:  “Why do men prefer blondes.”  There are guys who will always say that they prefer brunettes, or red heads, or black haired gals, but a girl with bright blonde hair is still going to make him double take.

So, why?  Why is it that blondes demand this attention from men?  Well, the best reason we’ve seen lies in human evolution.  And yes, human evolution is behind nearly everything we humans do.

Marilyn turned heads

Marilyn turned heads

The main reason why men prefer blondes is hidden deep in our subconscious.  So deep, in fact, that we have no access to the reasoning, yet the reasoning has full access to us.

Pin up blonde from the 50s

Pin up blonde from the 50s

Blonde women generally have light skin.  Light skin shows defects more easily than darker, more pigmented skin.  Thus, when choosing a mate, light skin gives us an advantage.  With one look, we can quickly determine if the blonde female has any diseases that are visible via the skin.  If a female mate has a disease that is visible through the skin, that disease could lead to infertility and that is a big no-no for reproduction.  Don’t forget folks, it’s all about fertility and reproduction.  Not to sound base, but there are only 2 things that matter in this world:  sex and eating.

“In summary, I suggest that gentlemen prefer blondes in order to enable them to detect the early signs of parasitic infestation [disease] and aging – both of which indirectly reduce fertility and offspring viability.”Dr. V.S. Ramachandran

Marilyn bear attack

Marilyn bear attack.  Don’t see any disease here.

Another talked about reason why men prefer blondes is that they show signs of aging more easily.  Men are more attracted to women who are young (think fertile) than women who are old, so if a gal is giving men an easy way to decipher her age, they’re gonna like that.

“Again, I suggest that blondes might be preferred not only because the signs of aging occur earlier, but also because the signs are easier to detect in them.”Dr. V.S. Ramachandran

Marilyn "skied"

Marilyn “skied”

Thus, a blonde girl is a potential mate that can quickly be examined and cleared for many of the hideous diseases that have plagued humans over the millennia and we can check her age more easily at the same time.  Hence, men’s affinity for blonde women.  Does it work in reverse?  Do women prefer blonde men?  Probably.  And probably for the same reasons.

Marilyn love snow in downtown Chicago.

Marilyn love snow in downtown Chicago.

So now you know at least a little more about why blondes turn heads.  Thanks science.

Comment(s): 8

  1. Brian

    A Very good attempt at explaining this however what about asian people with extremely light skin – sometimes even whiter than caucasian people. This rule doesn’t seem to apply the same? I Mean you can have a black haired person with extremely white skin. It still doesn’t apply.

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  2. Maria

    You could at least choosed a natural blonde instead of a brunette to back up your theory. Marilyn Monroe was a gorgeous woman and a natural brunette.

    Basically you are trying to say that men prefer blondes but you are actually saying that the prefer light skin color…

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  3. nicole

    I had platinum blonde hair. I just turned it auburn red for my b.f.. I get much less attention now as I did with my natural blonde hair. No body does second looks any more. I want to go back to platinum again. I hate the red. Ill never change again for any one but me. Blondes do have more fun and get more attention. I feel like I don’t shine like I did as a blonde. I have green eyes so I looked HOT. I want to be blonde .all my friends thought I looked good as a blonde.

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  5. Sass

    Then wouldn’t this mean that brunettes would have disappeared from the human population ages ago due to selection? And in locations where blondes were not in existence until modern times, wouldn’t the males have aggressively sought to migrate to places where they did at all costs? thus dark haired and dark skinned people wouldn’t represent 95% of the worlds current population? That’s the problem with trying to attribute every modern day trend to some evolutionary basis — the logic hits a dead end sooner or later.

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  6. Joan

    Blonde hair represents youth to most men because there are not many natural blondes over a certain age. Therefore, men subconsciously feel that if they are with a blonde woman, they too are younger by association. Its the same reason why men love a fast car. They might drive an SUV, or a Minivan, but most would prefer a Porsche or a Mercedes. Speed makes them feel young.

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