The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1514 Thursday, 12 August 2004
Date: Wednesday, 11 Aug 2004 19:27:08 -0400
Subject: Your Name Key To Sexiness
Researcher: Your name key to sexiness
Wednesday, August 11, 2004 Posted: 2:28 PM EDT (1828 GMT)
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- As Shakespeare said, a rose by any other
name would smell as sweet. Right?
Scientists say the right name can make you sexier.
Linguist Amy Perfors of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology posted
photos of men and women on the U.S. Web site "Hot or Not," which lets
viewers rate pictures according to how attractive they find them.
When she posted the same pictures with different names, she found that
the attractiveness scores went up and down depending on the vowels, the
London-based magazine New Scientist reported.
Men with "front vowels" in their names -- sounds formed at the front of
the mouth like the "a" in Matt -- were considered sexier than men with
"back vowel" sounds like the "au" in Paul, she concluded.
The opposite held for women, who were sexier with back vowels than front
Perfors said front vowels are often perceived as "smaller" than back
vowels, so the difference could be a sign that women are seeking men
that are sensitive or gentle, traits usually perceived as feminine.
But men who might be thinking of taking more feminine names to become
sexier should be careful not to go too far: men with women's names were
rated least sexy of all
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