PHYSICAL ATTRACTIVENESS Some relationships, at least, are initiated as a consequence of physical attraction between the potential partners. Although what makes for attractiveness differs between cultures and between men and women, and may even change within a culture as a matter of fashion, certain physical characteristics seem to be fairly generally attractive (Buss, 1994). Women like men who are big, strong, and healthy. In an American study, Cunningham, Barbee, and Pike (1990) found evidence in harmony with the view that women were attracted to a combination of features eliciting nurturance and indicative of sex and dominance, and to men who were seen as sociable, approachable, and of high status. High status is presum ably indicative of being a good provider. The neotenous feature of large eyes, the mature features of prominent cheekbones and a large chin, and a big smile were found to be attractive (see also Mueser et al., 1984; Sprecher, Sullivan, & Hatfield, 1994b).