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Arch Sex Behav. 2012 Dec;41(6):1431-7. doi: 10.1007/s10508-012-9964-0. Epub 2012 May 22.

Preferred female body proportions among child-free men.

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Department of Psychology, St. Jerome's University, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G3, Canada.


Based on conceptual extrapolations from sociobiological models concerning the significance of secondary sex characteristics as markers of a female's capacity to produce and nurture offspring, we reasoned that men's greater unwillingness to reproduce would be linked to preference for a female body type characterized by the relative absence of such markers. Heterosexual undergraduate men (N = 67) indicated their ideal (most arousing) female body type on-line by means of an adjustable female figure. As expected, the desire to remain childfree was linked to erotic preference for a combination of smaller breasts and larger waist-to-hip ratio. Additional research into individual factors that map onto variations in the preferred body proportions of erotic targets is thus encouraged.

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