September 28, 2004
Sexy Voice Key To Large Sex Life

Gordon G. Gallup, Jr., Susan M. Hughes and Franco Dispenza have found that people with sexy voices get more sex and have more symmetrical body shapes.

In "Ratings of voice attractiveness predict sexual behavior and body configuration," published in the September issue of Evolution and Human Behavior, published by Elsevier, Susan Hughes, Franco Dispenza, and Gordon Gallup of the University's department of psychology tested 149 men and women by having them listen to recorded, neutral voices counting from 1 to 10. They were then asked to rate the anonymous voices on a scale from "very unattractive" to "very attractive." The results were compared to surveys and morphological measurements taken among the speakers. Researchers discovered that people whose voices are judged to be attractive tend to have sexual intercourse at an earlier age, have more sexual partners than those with voices rated less attractive, and are more prone to sexual infidelity. They also have more sex partners among people involved in other relationships.

"In short," Gallup said, "ratings of voice attractiveness are correlated with promiscuity in both men and women."

The fact that people with more symmetrical bodies have sexier voices is especially interesting. This suggests that the quality of development of a fetus translates into not just a more attractive symmetrical appearance but also into a throat shape that creates more pleasing vocal sounds.

The full paper is on-line.(PDF format)

We investigated the relationship between ratings of voice attractiveness and sexually dimorphic differences in shoulder-to-hip ratios (SHR) and waist-to-hip ratios (WHR), as well as different features of sexual behavior. Opposite-sex voice attractiveness ratings were positively correlated with SHR in males and negatively correlated with WHR in females. For both sexes, ratings of opposite-sex voice attractiveness also predicted reported age of first sexual intercourse, number of sexual partners, number of extra-pair copulation (EPC) partners, and number of partners that they had intercourse with that were involved in another relationship (i.e., were themselves chosen as an EPC partner). Coupled with previous findings showing a relationship between voice attractiveness and bilateral symmetry, these results provide additional evidence that the sound of a personís voice may serve as an important multidimensional fitness indicator.

A sexy voice might be more important for a female than a male. Males might be better off with bigger shoulders.

It is interesting that voice attractiveness was a better predictor of sexual behavior in females than WHR was. The best predictor of promiscuity (as measured by number of sexual partners) in males was SHR, whereas in females, it was voice attractiveness. As shown in Table 2, the correlations between opposite-sex ratings of voice attractiveness and sexual behavior in females were consistently higher than those found for WHR and sexual behavior. However, just the opposite was true for males (see Table 1). Among males, SHR was a better predictor of sexual behavior than voice was. For example, whereas opposite-sex voice attractiveness accounted for 13% of the variance in promiscuity among males, SHR accounted for 28% of the variance in male promiscuity. The same sex differences held for the relationship between voice and body configuration. Male SHR accounted for more variance (25%) in opposite sex ratings of voice attractiveness than did female WHR (14%).

Perhaps people with unsexy voices should avoid talking much in bars.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2004 September 28 02:36 AM  Human Mating

michael vassar said at September 28, 2004 7:51 AM:

I'm shocked by how weak these findings are, and even more shocked by how weak the much touted WHR is as a predictor. (of course, it may be that women's sexual behavior has larger variance because the overwhelming determinant is personality, e.g. virgin or whore identity)

Randall Parker said at September 28, 2004 10:34 AM:


Many elements go into determining sexual attractiveness. We should not expect the correlation from any one single element to be that strong.

What makes this finding especially interesting to me is the correlation between body symmetry and sexiness of voice.

Tim Mack said at September 28, 2004 4:10 PM:

Great report. I've always avoided dating women that didn't have a sexy voice. But off course I suppose I'm putty in the hands of a woman with a sexy voice. In fact I've even been talked into going shopping a few times if the womens voice was sexy enough.

If you don't mind I'll post a link to you on my diary page. I think that quite a few people will find this quite interesting.

Jody said at September 28, 2004 6:09 PM:

Weekly World News (as credible as CBS!) thinks that being a fatty is an even better indicator of sexiness... ;)

judith laertini said at November 10, 2005 2:20 PM:

I am sorry, no pundit intended!! I am a 56 year old woman. Over the years, I have had more comments about my sexy voice than I would like to comment on! (I know you are not to end a sentence on a porpostiion, but I do not know how not to!!!) I do not try to bring attention to myself; it is only because more and more people (male and female) are commenting on my voice. So, I would like to know if there is a market for such a thing??

I beleive that women's'sexual behaviour is the same as man's. We just have to hide it better!! Why!! Because they don't expect it from us? Who are they?? Men!!Wonder if I got the right website?

Chester said at November 25, 2005 10:02 AM:

Of course beautiful people get more ass. That's also true for highly symmetrical women.They are the ones who concieve. As evidence of the sex lives of the women who have low waist-to-hip ratios and large or medium sized breasts, Ihave noticed men are taller and have more muscle mass while more and more women are taller , more curvacious and have larger breasts.

Tanya said at February 18, 2006 5:19 PM:

Hello there,

I am interested to know if there is a market for a "sexy" voice. Over the years, I have had many comments about my voice. I've worked mostly in customer service and was a receptionist for years. In fact, my voice got me the job. I just figured that I should look into this a bit more as I think I could have some fun with this...
If you have any comments, please feel free to write back to me.


Pete said at October 21, 2006 9:21 AM:


You requested a comment. I have a comment. I want to hear your voice.


Jon said at October 24, 2006 6:59 PM:

Hi Tanya

I would love to hear your voice, I may be interested for a voice over for my website.

NNNN said at November 18, 2010 5:20 PM:

I thought that the findings were very interesting. However, it does not answer the question "what was considered as an attractive female voice?". They mentioned that opera male singers who had lower voices had more sexual partners, but it does not say anything on the opposite sex.

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