26/05/2015 09:12 BST | Updated 26/05/2015 10:59 BST

Intelligence Is Key To A Man's Heart (Not Long Legs And Big Breasts), Says Cambridge Professor

What do men look for in a woman: big breasts, long legs, a Kim Kardashian-esque bottom, or - dare we say it - intelligence?

According to a Cambridge professor (and much to our delight), men are all about the latter when it comes to picking a lifelong partner.

This is because it shows their prospective match is likely to be a good parent.

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Speaking at the Hay Literary Festival, Professor David Bainbridge from the University of Cambridge revealed: "The main thing that men are looking for is intelligence."

This, he says, is because intelligence shows that a woman will be able to look after her children.

It also shows that her parents are "probably intelligent" and therefore suggests she was "raised well".

Professor Bainbridge, who has written a book called 'Curvology: The Origins and Power of Female Body Shape', says that in terms of body shape and appearance, men aren't actually that fussed about the size of a woman's breasts or her leg length.


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"Breast size doesn’t matter," he adds. Similarly, "men are not looking for long legs".

"Straight legs are a sign of genetic health, so that is something that is more attractive," he says. "But surveys have shown most men prefer regular length [legs]."

In terms of physical appearance, he does believe that having a smaller waist with a bigger bottom and hips is more favourable among men, because this shows that they might be better suited to bearing children.

He also believes that men look for symmetry in a woman's facial features as it shows signs of "stable" genes.

Professor Bainbridge's theory does, however, contradict a previous study from 2014 which suggested that an attractive body and an attractive face were seen as more important to men when it comes to choosing a partner.

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[H/T Telegraph]