Rules of attraction

We're under enough pressure to look a certain way – the last thing we need is scientific research that makes us feel even more inadequate

Someone once told me I was short-legged. I remember the incident well, on account of its oddness. A woman whom I had just met hollered across the room to inform me that my legs were short. Shorter, indeed, than she had expected.

What do you say to that? Why did she have expectations about my legs? My mind crowded with confusion, mild embarrassment, unanswerable questions. I was stumped, apparently literally.

But according to new scientific research – most likely unbeknownst to her – she was complimenting me on my masculinity indicators....

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