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A new study found very attractive women have gay male best friends because they can’t trust straight men who will try to ‘sexually exploit’ them.

Researchers also found the most attractive females are unpopular with other women, less attractive women fear attractive women will steal their boyfriends, and befriending gay men may be a key feature of women’s mating strategies.

The results, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences ‘revealed that more attractive targets were more likely to be sexually deceived by straight men and competitively deceived by women.’

In the second study, the initial 68 women were asked to create an ideal group of friends by allocating ‘friend dollars’ to individuals of different genders and sexual orientations.

They found that ‘more attractive women allocated more dollars to gay male friends’.
They were also asked what they valued in gay male friendships.

Among the reasons for valuing gay male friendships were impartial advice on relationships and clothes.

The researchers, led by Professor Eric Russell, said it showed a ‘perception that gay men would value them beyond sex’.

In conclusion, the authors say that their findings show ‘attractive women are more likely to be sexually exploited and competitively deceived by straight men and other straight women’ and ‘straight women’s physical attractiveness is systematically linked to their desire for gay male friendships.’

‘Taken together these findings provide converging support for the idea that the women’s own level of physical attractiveness play an important role in their willingness to form friendships with gay men’.

They add: ‘These findings suggest that befriending gay men may be an important feature of women’s mating strategies, especially among attractive women who face greater mating threats from heterosexual individuals.’

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A new study found very attractive women have gay male best friends because they can't trust straight men who will try to 'sexually exploit' them. Researchers also found the most attractive females are unpopular with other women, less attractive women fear attractive women will steal their boyfriends, and befriending gay...