We previously demonstrated that women in countries with poorer health statistics showed stronger attraction to masculine men. Others recently suggested that male-male violence, measured by homicide rates, may be more important than health for regional variation in women's masculinity preferences. Here we show that health statistics are a better predictor of regional variation in women's masculinity preferences than homicide rates when regional variation in wealth is controlled. Additionally, we present new data demonstrating that women in US states with poorer health statistics showed stronger attraction to masculine men, and that health statistics were a better predictor than homicide rates.
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