Research Digest: Hitchhiking in a hijab for science

A consistent finding in this area is that people's attractiveness to others depends on whether their appearance communicates an interest in short or long-term sexual commitment, and moreover, whether this matches what a potential suitor is looking for.

There's evidence that heterosexual women interested in casual sex are more likely to wear clothing that they think will attract men (not the most surprising research finding), and that this kind of clothing increases their attractiveness to men as a partner for casual sex, but not as a partner for marriage.

The vast majority of this research has so far been conducted in the West, but a new field study out of Iran bucks the trend.

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