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(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.

Thestudy involved 361 white British men, who were tasked with looking atfive 3D renderings of women before being asked who they found mostattractive. The pictures were all identical except for the figures'breast sizes. The researchers noted that eye-tracking studies have shownthat when presented with a front-facing image of a woman, most men willspend more time looking at the breasts and upper body than any otherpart.

The men were allowed to rotate the images from moreall angles. Most of the men (32.7 percent) in the study picked themiddle 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.

Participantswere then asked to complete a survey about their attitudes towardswomen. The survey looked at three different aspects: general attitudes,hostility and benevolent sexism (seemingly positive female stereotypesthat may actually be damaging when considering gender equality) towardswomen.

"Men who more strongly endorsed benevolentlysexist attitudes toward women, who more strongly objectified women, andwho were more hostile toward women idealized a large female breastsize," 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.

"Whichis interesting, though the explanations (authors) Swami and Tovee positare complex and hypothetical; a slurry of power, sexuality, and genderidentity. Media portrayals, hegemony, and cultural factors ofheteronormativity unique to these British white men. All not to overlookevolutionary, inborn preferences for reproductively viable mates," hewrote.

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