(CBS NEWS) -- Could men who love big breasts also be more inclined to be hostile towards women?
A study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior in February 2013 showed that men who preferred bustier women tended to be okay with more sexist attitudes.
study involved 361 white British men, who were tasked with looking at
five 3D renderings of women before being asked who they found most
attractive. The pictures were all identical except for the figures'
breast sizes. The researchers noted that eye-tracking studies have shown
that when presented with a front-facing image of a woman, most men will
spend more time looking at the breasts and upper body than any other
The men were allowed to rotate the images from more
all angles. Most of the men (32.7 percent) in the study picked the
middle image, or the medium-busted woman, as the most appealing. Large
(24.4 percent) and very large (19.1 percent) came in second and third.
were then asked to complete a survey about their attitudes towards
women. The survey looked at three different aspects: general attitudes,
hostility and benevolent sexism (seemingly positive female stereotypes
that may actually be damaging when considering gender equality) towards
"Men who more strongly endorsed benevolently
sexist attitudes toward women, who more strongly objectified women, and
who were more hostile toward women idealized a large female breast
size," the researchers concluded.
Dr. James Hamblin, The Atlantic's health editor, wrote in a post, that he felt the research showed in a way how men's physical preferences toward women may influence their behavior.
is interesting, though the explanations (authors) Swami and Tovee posit
are complex and hypothetical; a slurry of power, sexuality, and gender
identity. Media portrayals, hegemony, and cultural factors of
heteronormativity unique to these British white men. All not to overlook
evolutionary, inborn preferences for reproductively viable mates," he