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Old 06-12-2009, 09:53 PM   #1
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A friend of mine from India sent me this article (it's on a topic that we both discuss on a regular basis.... AND exactly what my boyfriend (who's also from India) said to me last week crazily enough.

What I'm wondering is this just India, or is it everywhere? What do you guys think?



Men want Miss Average, not centrefold babes
12 Jun 2009


Here’s some good news for size 14 women: Gentlemen find the homely shape of the girl-next-door more attractive than the ''perfect'' proportions

Men find Miss Average more attractive than centrefold babes (Getty Images)
of models.

That’s the conclusion of a new study which involved 100 male students. Miss Average can be defined as a 5ft 4in female with a 30in waist and 40in hips.

Aussie boffins asked male volunteers to rate the attractiveness of more than 200 drawings of female torsos of different sizes, The Couriermail reported.

They then compared the most attractive torsos with the vital statistics of eight groups of women, including models, Playboy centrefolds and normal members of the population.

The New Scientist reports that the real women best matched the ideal body shape, with the best fit being a British size 14.

Researcher Dr Martin Grundl said: “Why the subjects prefer this body most of all is pure speculation.

“That is the nature of beauty - it is very easily to recognize but it is very hard to describe and to explain with words.”
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:55 PM   #2
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Most guys like girls with curves. I have yet to meet a guy that is attracted to stick figured women (i.e. women with bodies like 12 year old boys)

My guy friends tell me they like those sexy curves.

Even though I think this is true, I have yet to embrace my own curves and be happy. =) It matters more to me what I feel and think about myself.
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:01 PM   #3
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Well, that's all fine and dandy for men wanting what they want.

But being a size 14 would most likely leave me in the obese category. Certainly in the overweight category. Which would leave me at risk for many cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and a slew of many other debilitating and life altering and life threatening diseases. Sorry guys - no can do.
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:52 PM   #4
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Oh "studies." This version says men like women who are 5'4" with measurements of 36-28-38. But someone in the comments read the actual study and found out what it was ACTUALLY about:

"The work, by Rob Brooks at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and colleagues, suggests that the popular notion that a waist-hip ratio of 0.7 is the most attractive only holds if the rest of the body is average." (Behavioral Ecology, DOI: [dx.doi.org] ).

So basically what the media is reporting is totally not the point of the study. They already know that men like women with a waist-to-hip ratio of .7, now they just confirmed that they like it best when you don't have giant shoulders or a huge left hand or something.
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Old 06-13-2009, 01:53 AM   #5
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First of all, just to clarify, a UK size 14 is a size 10 in the US.

I'm not surprised that men would prefer "average" women to super skinny model types. I mean, there are more of us "average" girls around and very few men are perfect specimens themselves.

What annoys me is that these studies seem to imply that men must be shallow, otherwise the scientists and the media wouldn't be surprised by the findings. The majority of men that I know are good guys and personality and compatibility are more important to them than mere looks.

You don't have to be a specific size to be sexy!
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WooHoo! I'm very nearly Miss Average.

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Old 06-22-2009, 01:02 AM   #7
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Being a sociology/anthropology major... I was actually more interested in the cultural differences.... but yeah, good points everyone.
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Well, that's all fine and dandy for men wanting what they want.

But being a size 14 would most likely leave me in the obese category. Certainly in the overweight category. Which would leave me at risk for many cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and a slew of many other debilitating and life altering and life threatening diseases. Sorry guys - no can do.
Can't agree more with that being fine and dandy for man wanting what they want. I am almost 5'9" so whoever wants measly 5'4" will have to go elsewhere. Besides, it is MY body and I am the only one making the decision about the curves and the weight. Tough luck.
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Oh well, I'm no good then :P

My hips are almost the right size - 38" but my waist is all out at 26" :P I think that makes my ratio 0.67. Oh, and I'm too tall at 5'7 hehehe.

...but then again, I haven't had any complaints :P

Studies like those are just a bit of fun - look at the size of the pool sample, a few hundred people at best to decide what billions of people find the most attractive?

...um...yeah, okay lol.
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Old 12-31-2009, 06:29 PM   #11
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as mentioned, it's all in the guy. I know guys who like average, I know guys who like borderline-anorexic, and i know guys who honestly expect supermodel proportions (these guys are single, wonder why?)
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Old 12-31-2009, 06:42 PM   #12
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I think a study like this would be a little more interesting if it used ACTUAL WOMEN and not drawings. Send in a group of volunteer women (with blindfolds, they can have anonymity) wearing form-fitting (not tight) clothing, and ask the men to rate these real bodies. A drawing does not represent reality.
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:28 PM   #13
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All the guys I ever knew who wanted super super skinny girls ended up coming out of the closet years later. I dont know why there is this correlation ...just found it funny.

I know this article has been posted on 3FC before and I'll say it again. Most men have a very wide range of what they find attractive and it usually revolves "if she lets me see her naked".
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A British size 14 is a size 10, perhaps a 12 in the US.
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Well, I've got the 5'4" part down...
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