Neoteny or pedomorphism refers to an adult organism retaining childlike features. In humans, this means a roundish, soft face with large eyes and a small mouth with full lips, but also overall a shorter and weaker stature. Neoteny is a highly desirable trait in women and women are more neotenous than men, both in appearance and behavior.
Women's neoteny steeply declines in their twenties such that women's rate of aging is faster. A tentyfive year old woman will already have a less neotenous facial fat distribution and hence appear less sexually attractive than an eighteen year old woman.
Artificial juvenilization[edit | edit source]
Artificial attempts at achieving a neotenous look is called juvenilism or adolescentilism wherein people (especially women) attempt to look like adolescents and more childlike often by means of fakeup, even when they are actually vicenarian or tricenarian, … or maybe even older.
East Asian men[edit | edit source]
Hominids tended to become more neotenous as they evolved (e.g larger skulls, smaller jaws, less body and facial hair). Humans are more similar in physical appearance to infant chimpanzees as compared to adult chimpanzees because of humans greater levels of neoteny. So the East Asian race (which is the furthest evolved from the African prototype) has the most neoteny. Since women prefer dominant men, this may give the less neotenous Caucasians dating advantages which may explain the SEAmaxxing phenomenon. An alternative explanation is that Asian women associate Caucasians with prosperity and wealth (hypergamy).