Bust waist hips dating
Absolutely any female who seems young, healthy and fertile will set us off - and there seems plenty of evidence for that, too.Then there are the amateur votes for anything from hands to earlobes.
'The waist is one of the distinguishing human features, such as speech, making tools and a sense of humour,' says Professor Singh. We developed it as a result of another unique feature - standing upright.Although a high waist-hip ratio most commonly goes with being overweight, it can also be found in women of normal weight who have high testosterone levels - a condition that is also associated with being hairy, infertile and having a 'male' body shape.The view that men are attracted to a variety of female physical attributes and that there is therefore no single ideal woman does not find favour with Professor Singh. American males, it has been calculated, spend some $3 billion a year to gaze at women with hourglass figures, those whose small waists blossom into sinuously curvy hips.Singh and cognitive neuroscientist Steven Platek found that viewing women with curvy figures stimulates a powerful internal reward system, lighting up the same pleasure centers in men’s brains that are targeted by cocaine and heroin.It is likely that men who preferred curvy hourglass figures in women had more children who carried their fathers’ preferences down to the present.
Still, how could an hourglass figure relate to a woman’s success as a mother? But over the past several years, we have been demonstrating that it has a lot to do with intelligence.
In a survey of 106 men aged 18 to 22, the favourite was a female of average weight with the classic hour-glass figure.
Not only were such women rated as young, sexy and healthy, they were also seen as ideal for childbearing.
'Just in America over the past 50 years, ideas of beauty have varied a lot.
A few years ago a popular idea was that the ideal shape was going to be androgynous,' she says.
The media anthropologist Desmond Morris would have us believe that it is the breasts - we male naked apes confuse them with buttocks, apparently - and their prominence in the media would suggest he may be right.