In a study, researchers at the University of Southern California examined photos of nearly 100 women with dark chocolate skin, and asked them to identify what type of woman they were.
Of the more than 100 photos, the researchers found that those with darker skin tones were perceived to be more feminine, while those with lighter skin tones, including darker women, were perceived as more masculine.
The researchers also found that the more people had dark chocolate ancestry, the more likely they were to identify as feminine, which they concluded suggests dark chocolate has a “feminine” effect on the women they were studying.
But, the study also found there was a “masculine” bias, with those with a darker complexion believed to be less masculine.
In other words, people who had darker skin tone were perceived more masculine than people with lighter complexion.
And yet, the women who have darker chocolate skin were also more likely to identify with their darker skin, while the women with lighter skins were more likely identified as feminine.