Sexual attraction

The Flirtation (1904), by Eugene de Blaas

Attraction on the basis of sexual desire or the quality of arousing such interest.

- Sexual attraction
The Flirtation (1904), by Eugene de Blaas

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Ishtar, Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and war. The goddess has been associated with sexuality, love, and fertility.

Physical attractiveness

Degree to which a person's physical features are considered aesthetically pleasing or beautiful.

Degree to which a person's physical features are considered aesthetically pleasing or beautiful.

Ishtar, Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and war. The goddess has been associated with sexuality, love, and fertility.
Xi Shi (西施), born 506 BC, was one of the Four Great Beauties of ancient China.
The Mannerist movement was not afraid to exaggerate body proportions for an effect considered attractive; Juno in a niche, engraving by Jacopo Caraglio, probably of a drawing by Rosso Fiorentino, 1526
This drawing of two male figures is a remake of the drawing of the leg-to-body ratio (LBR) extremes used in the experiment by Swami et al. (2006) to find out what LBR is considered the most attractive for men and women. The figure with the lowest LBR and shortest legs at left had the highest average attractiveness ratings whereas the male figure with the highest LBR and longest legs at right had the lowest ratings from British men and women.
This drawing of two female figures is a remake of the drawing of the leg-to-body ratio (LBR) extremes used in the experiment by Swami et al. (2006) to find out what LBR is considered the most attractive. The female figure with the lowest LBR and shortest legs at left had the lowest average attractiveness ratings whereas the figure with the highest LBR and longest legs at right had the highest average attractiveness ratings from both British men and women.
Les Deux Perles Fernand Le Quesne (The two pearls, 1889). This painting was intended to "contrast a Caucasian with an African beauty". In the painting, the black woman represents the beauty of a black pearl and the white woman represents the beauty of a white pearl.
A statue of Venus standing in a contrapposto pose with her weight borne predominantly on one leg. As shown here, this posture accentuates the curvature of her figure.
A University of Toronto study found that the facial proportions of Jessica Alba were close to the average of all female profiles.
Namie Amuro inspired the small-face fad in Japan which caused Japanese women to buy beauty products such as masks and creams to try to obtain a small face like hers.
This drawing is a remake of a drawing used in an experiment to research what South African, British white and British African men considered to be the most attractive size of posterior and breasts for white and black women. This image only shows the two extreme variations of size on black female figures used in the experiment. The figure at left received the highest average attractiveness rating from South African men while a figure with an intermediate size received the highest ratings from both white and black British men. The figure at right did not receive the highest average attractiveness rating from any group.
Bangladeshi bride exemplifying wedding day beauty

The term often implies sexual attractiveness or desirability, but can also be distinct from either.

Ladyboys in Thailand

Sexual orientation

Ladyboys in Thailand
Gay Pride, Paris 2009

Sexual orientation is an enduring pattern of romantic or sexual attraction (or a combination of these) to persons of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or to both sexes or more than one gender.

Zephyrus and Hyacinthus
Attic red-figure cup from Tarquinia, 480 BC (Boston Museum of Fine Arts)

Homosexuality

Zephyrus and Hyacinthus
Attic red-figure cup from Tarquinia, 480 BC (Boston Museum of Fine Arts)
Burning of two homosexuals (the knight Richard von Hohenburg and his squire Anton Mätzler) at the stake outside Zürich, 1482 (from the Spiezer Schilling chronicle)
Dance to the Berdache
Sac and Fox Nation ceremonial dance to celebrate the two-spirit person. George Catlin (1796–1872); Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
A woman spying on a pair of male lovers. China, Qing Dynasty.
Female youths are depicted surrounding Sappho in this painting of Lafond "Sappho sings for Homer", 1824.
Sappho reading to her companions on an Attic vase of c. 435 BC
Photograph of the Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen (1920–1991) alias Tom of Finland, well known for his stylized highly masculinized homoerotic art, playing the piano in late 1950s. In the background, his partner Veli Mäkinen (left) and his sister Kaija (right).
An illustration from the 19th-century book Sawaqub al-Manaquib depicting homosexual anal sex with a wine boy
Shah Abbas I of Persia with a boy. By Muhammad Qasim (1627).
U.S. President Barack Obama signs into law the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010
LGBT activists at Cologne Pride in 2015 carrying a banner with the flags of 70 countries where homosexuality is illegal
Protests in New York City against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Roy and Silo, two New York Central Park Zoo male chinstrap penguins similar to those pictured, became internationally known when they coupled and later were given an egg that needed hatching and care, which they successfully provided.

Homosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender.

Early censuses and surveys provided demographic data.

Sexual capital

Early censuses and surveys provided demographic data.

Sexual capital or erotic capital is the social power an individual or group accrues as a result of their sexual attractiveness and social charm.

Kinsey scale of sexual responses, indicating degrees of sexual orientation. The original scale included a designation of "X", indicating a lack of sexual behavior.

Asexuality

Kinsey scale of sexual responses, indicating degrees of sexual orientation. The original scale included a designation of "X", indicating a lack of sexual behavior.
Some members of the asexual community opt to wear a black ring on the middle finger of their right hand as a form of identification.
The asexual pride flag
Asexuals marching in a pride parade in London
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle intentionally portrayed his character Sherlock Holmes as what would today be classified as asexual.

Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to others, or low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity.

Which line matches the first line, A, B, or C? In the Asch conformity experiments, people frequently followed the majority judgment, even when the majority was objectively wrong.

Interpersonal attraction

Study of the attraction between people which leads to the development of platonic or romantic relationships.

Study of the attraction between people which leads to the development of platonic or romantic relationships.

Which line matches the first line, A, B, or C? In the Asch conformity experiments, people frequently followed the majority judgment, even when the majority was objectively wrong.

It can include various implications, such as sexual attractiveness, cuteness, similarity and physique.

The bisexual pride flag

Bisexuality

The bisexual pride flag
The overlapping triangles
The double moon
Venus flanked by Venus and Mars symbols for a bisexual woman
Mars flanked by Venus and Mars symbols for a bisexual man
Shudo (Japanese pederasty): a young male entertains an older male lover, covering his eyes while surreptitiously kissing a female servant.
Young man and adolescent engaging in intercrural sex, fragment of a black-figure Attic cup, 550 BC–525 BC, Louvre
Angelina Jolie is an openly bisexual American actress.

Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or to more than one gender.

An early example of sexual imagery in advertising (1921)

Sex in advertising

An early example of sexual imagery in advertising (1921)
Promotional model pageant at the Games Day 2011 event in Kyiv
A pole dancer promoting a video game at IgroMir 2010
An example of a product being paired with sexual imagery to create an association between the two. The logo of the product this model is promoting is printed on the pasties (on her breasts)
The earliest known use of sex in advertising, Pearl Tobacco label showing lightly draped female figure rising from the waves.
1916 Ladies' Home Journal version of the famous seduction-based ad by Helen Lansdowne Resor at J. Walter Thompson Agency
1926 U.S. advertisement for "French" postcards
Two promotional models with the logo of Camel, a cigarette brand they are advertising, printed on the backside of their shorts, in Ibiza, 2004. They are wearing uniforms mandated by the cigarette company.

Sex appeal is often used in advertising to help sell a particular product or service.

Bonding between a mother and child

Intimate relationship

Interpersonal relationship that involves physical or emotional intimacy.

Interpersonal relationship that involves physical or emotional intimacy.

Bonding between a mother and child
Holding hands is an example of affective intimacy between humans
Personal intimate relationship is often crowned with marriage
Men kissing intimately
Amadeé Chabot and Rogelio Guerra in the 1968 film Las sicodélicas, both show each other affection on this photograph

Emotional intimacy, particularly in sexual relationships, typically develops after a certain level of trust has been reached and personal bonds have been established. The emotional connection of "falling in love", however, has both a biochemical dimension driven through reactions in the body stimulated by sexual attraction (PEA, phenylethylamine), and a social dimension driven by "talk" that follows from regular physical closeness or sexual union. Love is an important factor in emotional intimacy. It is qualitatively and quantitatively different from liking, and the difference is not merely in the presence or absence of sexual attraction. There are three types of love in a relationship: passionate love, companionate love, and sacrificial love. Sacrificial love reflects the subsumption of the individual self will within a union. Companionate love involves diminished potent feelings of attachment, an authentic and enduring bond, a sense of mutual commitment, the profound feeling of mutual caring, feeling proud of a mate's accomplishments, and the satisfaction that comes from sharing goals and perspective. In contrast, passionate love is marked by infatuation, intense preoccupation with the partner, throes of ecstasy, and feelings of exhilaration that come from being reunited with the partner.

Female baboons and many other primates experience sexual swellings that advertise their fertility during estrus. Humans do not display any such obvious physical signals of fertility, but may still experience a subtle estrus-like state.

Ovulatory shift hypothesis

The ovulatory shift hypothesis holds that women experience evolutionarily adaptive changes in subconscious thoughts and behaviors related to mating during different parts of the ovulatory cycle.

The ovulatory shift hypothesis holds that women experience evolutionarily adaptive changes in subconscious thoughts and behaviors related to mating during different parts of the ovulatory cycle.

Female baboons and many other primates experience sexual swellings that advertise their fertility during estrus. Humans do not display any such obvious physical signals of fertility, but may still experience a subtle estrus-like state.
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The ovulatory shift hypothesis proposes that women at high fertility should be most attracted to short-term sexual partners with physical and behavioral features that likely signal genetic fitness, or good genes.