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Jul 20th 2017, 12:46 am
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A study that didn't need to exist in the first place had results that will surprise no one, because that's the way things work these days. The study, published in PeerJ and titled "The relationship of female physical attractiveness to body fatness," aimed to examine exactly what the title suggests — how physically attractive women are to men (because heteronormativity) based on their "body fatness."

The abstract to the study itself holds some real gems about the relationship between health and aesthetic, like this funny little quote, "Aspects of the female body may [b][link=http://www.bitittan.com/]corset style bra[/link][/b] be attractive because they signal evolutionary fitness. Greater body fatness might reflect greater potential to survive famines, but individuals carrying larger fat stores may have poor health and lower fertility in non-famine conditions." That sounds less like something out of a scientific paper than something someone's insensitive grandmother would tell them, if she were strangely into Darwinism.

Red Online wrote about the study, and the article headline was provocative if not triggering. It reads, "‘Men Still Prefer Women To Be Young And Skinny’, Says New Study" noting that this preference has existed for a while and the study wasn't of urgent need — but since it's been done, let's dissect the study and the article. Researchers conducting the study used a sample size of 1,327 men from only 10 countries. While that sample [b][link=http://www.pupms.com/]womens bikinis sale[/link][/b] size is fairly decent, surveying men from only 10 countries can hardly be seen as a comprehensive guide to what men of today really think about women.

The participants were all shown 21 sample images of women with varying BMIs and asked to rate the attractiveness of their bodies. This is a bad and demeaning practice. BMI has been debunked as an indicator for health, and the procedure they chose to use reinforces a toxic paradigm we see so [b][link=http://www.suitunderwear.com/]suit underwear[/link][/b] often today — rating women based on their attractiveness and nothing else, in a system where aesthetic is the only measure of worth. Though this is arguably the point of the study, normalization of things like this is also the reason we're in this mess.

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