A WEBSITE where women are uploading secret snaps of attractive men on public transport has been trawled by academics to find what they REALLY want in a man.
The site – called Tube Crush – allows users to upload pictures of men taken on the London Underground and vote on whether they’re ‘hot or not’.
Tubecrush.net Researchers discovered muscular guys are preferred by women Tubecrush.net Men wearing clothes which appeared to be expensive were also more highly rated
Now researchers from Coventry and Aberystwyth universities have crunched the website’s data to find out what women in the capital are looking for in a potential partner.
Academics say signs the man is wealthy – such as expensive clothes – and a muscular physique appeared to tick the boxes of users of the site.
However, the skinnier men or more ‘nerdy males’ wearing glasses or shabby clothing were not rated as highly.
Lead researcher Adrienne Evans, from Coventry University’s Centre for Postdigital Cultures, said the research shows tastes have not changed as much as people may believe in recent years.
Tubecrush.net Tube Crush encourages women to upload sneaky snaps of men Tubecrush.net Users then vote on whether they find the male attractive Tubecrush.net It has amassed thousands of followers and displays a new picture each day Tubecrush.net But critics have labelled the site ‘reverse sexism’
She said:”From smart-suited City workers to toned gym-goers flashing their flesh, the men featured in the photographs on TubeCrush show that as a culture we still celebrate masculinity in the form of money and muscle.
“They are marking the middle-class, wealthy, mobile and sexually powerful male body, not as a political one as feminists intend it to be, but one that should be actively desired.
“This celebration of masculine capital is achieved through humour and the knowing wink, but the outcome is a reaffirmation of men’s position in society.
“It’s a problem as because although it appears as though we have moved forward, our desires are still mostly about money and strength.”
Tubecrush.net Academics from Coventry and Aberystwyth Universities studied the response of users to the pictures Tubecrush.net They say their research shows tastes in what makes a man attractive have changed little over the years Tubecrush.net The website was launched in 2011 Tubecrush.net It now contains hundreds of candid photographs Tubecrush.net All the pictures are taken on the London Underground Tubecrush.net Users can also comment on the man’s appearance underneath the pictures
The site was launched in 2011 and has already amassed more than 20,000 followers across Facebook and Twitter.
But critics of the site have accused it of ‘reverse sexism’ which would not be tolerated if it was pictures of women secretly taken by men.