A recent study from scholars at the University of Nebraska concluded that both men and women gazed more at women’s chests and waists and less on their faces. Women with bigger breasts and smaller waists (the typical “hourglass” shape that represents a feminine “ideal”) received longer looks. Essentially Gervais and colleagues have confirmed something that the infamous Sir Mix A Lot proposed in his 1992 prologue to the iconic music video Baby Got Back: women and men check out women’s bodies. In case you’ve been blessed to forget that particular part of the 1990’s, I present you with the lyrics:
So, this basically changes everything!! We all objectify!!
I ask that you hold your collective horses. Gervais suggests that this finding might represent an evolutionary response to the dynamic between scarce resources and fertility, where men associate shapely women with childbearing and women see shapeliness as competition. Interestingly, men tended to rate women’s personality on their looks, where more curvy women tended to be rated as having better personalities.”That’s weird, right?” Said no slightly chubby, friend-zoned girl ever.