love-big-breasts

Men seem to have a never ending obsession with breasts, and many of those men have preferences as to the size of the breasts with which they are most obsessed. Since all people are different and have varying taste with regard to the body types they find most attractive, I have always been under the assumption that breast size preference was just like digging redheads over blondes or something; it feels irrelevant. Behavioral science, however, says this may not be the case.

According to a study out of the University of Westminster published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, men who love big breasts seem to have more oppressive gender standards and ideals than ones who prefer medium-sized ones. Their experiment, which had 361 British white men from London between the ages of 18 to 68 look at female bodies and answer questions, yielded saddening results:

The researchers found that the largest percentage of participants (32.7 percent) rated medium-sized breasts as “most attractive,” followed by large (24.4 percent), very large (19.1 percent), small (15.5 percent) and very small (8.3 percent). However, a preference for large and very large breasts was significantly correlated with overt sexism, benevolent sexism, female objectification and hostile attitudes toward women. This connection was strongest when it came to benevolent sexism. In other words, men who tend to idealize “traditional” femininity and perceive women as meek and weak, are also the most likely to prefer big boobs.

As a woman, as well as somebody who has rather large boobs (sideidarity, remember?), this frustrates me. It is 2013, and I have a difficult time accepting the possibility that there are still men out there who view “traditional” femininity as “weak” — and are interested in that perceived weakness as an appealing factor in a potential partner’s personality.

However, it is important to maintain a certain level of skepticism with studies like this. For one thing, it was done on on a few hundred white men from one particular city in one country. If this were a nationwide or international study, or even included more than a few thousand men from several other cities, I would be much more convinced regarding these results. Obviously, men who love small breasts can be sexist and plenty of men who love big breasts are feminist as can be. I’d be interested in reading about a larger study done to see if the results are consistent. If they are, then I s’posewe have yet another stereotype and false notion to dispel.

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