It’s well known that many women are attracted to men with deep, Barry White-like voices. Part of my ex’s allure was his resonant, radio-announcer voice (he had a radio show for a few years). Another radio-news-anchor friend was a babe magnet — women fell for his voice. And one suitor melted me before we even met by wooing me on the phone with his baritone pitch.
We now have research on this from David Feinberg, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He and his colleagues recently published their findings in Biology Letters, concluding that “men with low-voice pitch have higher reproductive success and more children born to them.” Their thesis is based on studying the Hadza tribe of Tanzania which is a hunter-gatherer culture — one of the last. Since they have no modern birth control it was easy to determine that the men who have lower-pitched voices have more children.
In previous studies, Feinberg found that women find men with deeper voices to be more attractive, judging them to be more dominant, older, healthier and more masculine sounding. There is some speculation that women equate deeper voices with more testosterone, thus assuming the man will be more aggressive hunting and be a good provider for her and her children.
So the researchers surmise a deep-voiced man is more appealing to his woman, thus she is willing to copulate more often, spawning more offspring. Since this study was done with only 49 men between the ages of 18 and 55, there may have been other factors not included. We don’t know how many of the 49 men had the coveted lower-pitched voices, so let’s say half, 25. What if a number of these men had more sex because they were nicer to their woman, brought her more food so she’s happy with him, had sex with more women, choose younger, more fertile women, knew how to please her, etc. The researchers are placing a lot of emphasis on one characteristic.
And if we believe in natural selection, the men with deep-voice genes would have passed these on to their offspring, and we would now be living in James-Earl-Jones– land. Nearly every man would have a resonant voice.
While I am casting dispersions on the summations of this study, intuitively I believe they are right — at least for midlife men and women. I’m sure younger women are more drawn to high-pitched voices than middle-aged women. While a falsetto can be entertaining from a singer, if a man’s speaking voice is that high, most women won’t find that enticing.
And what women’s voices do men find appealing? Feinberg’s previous studies showed men favor women with higher-pitch voices, saying they found these women more attractive, subordinate, feminine, healthier and younger sounding.
What have you noticed about a man’s voice tone and your attraction to him? Do you find yourself drawn to men with lower voices, even if they aren’t as attractive to you in other ways? And men, do you purposely lower your voice on the first call to communicate your masculinity?
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