Looking for a picture that would be worth 1,000 words
October 19, 2008 1:30 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to find a psychological/sociological study on men and women's views of the ideal female body type.
posted by Jaltcoh to society & culture (6 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Several years ago, in college, I took a "human sexuality" course where our textbook showed two full-body illustrations of adult women standing next to each other. The women were very generic-looking and looked identical aside from their body shape. This was illustrating the results of a study in which men and women were asked to specify what they considered the ideal female body type.
Women's ideal was distinctly skinnier than average, while men's ideal was around average and notably curvy.
I want to do a blog post riffing on this disparity, and I'd love to be able to link to a study like this to use as a starting point. Here are my main criteria:
(1) There has to be a discussion of both men's and women's views contained within a single study.
(2) It has to be about perceived attractiveness of female body types.
(3) I'm interested in reasonably recent studies about current perceptions (not a critique about how Marilyn Monroe used to be considered ideal and so on).
(4) I'd hoping to find that same study or a similar one with illustrations of the different perceived ideals.
(5) It can't be something you'd need to have a paid subscription in order to see.
I've found this surprisingly hard to Google. I've found lots of references to the ideal "hips-waist ratio," but that's limitedly useful since it's only about proportions.
Since this is just for a personal blog and not academic research, there are no real standards for what kind of source I use. But I do want to find scientific data -- not anecdotes or trenchant social commentary.