Late Night Reads: Sigh…of relief!Posted: August 9, 2012
I wanted to let you know that my friend heard from her husband today. And although the group of men who were killed were part of his division…he was safe. I spent most of the day getting my final tattoo. A skull, that looks as if Hamlet should be holding it in his hands. Because of this, my post tonight will be a few quick links, since I have no idea what has gone on in the world.
Our first link made me laugh out loud. I don’t know why, because it is not very “funny” only that it made me think…hey, forget the docks…if I want me a man, I just need to go to a stress therapy group at the local Y. Check it out: BBC News – Stressed men drawn to heavy women
When placed under stressful situations, men rate larger women as more attractive, new research has shown.
British researchers found that men exposed to tasks that were designed to put them under pressure preferred a wider range of female body sizes.
They conclude that stress can act to alter judgments of potential partners.
The work by a team from London and Newcastle is published in the open access journal Plos One.
“There’s a lot of literature suggesting that our BMI (body mass index) preferences are hard-wired, but that’s probably not true,” co-author Dr Martin Tovee, from Newcastle University, told BBC News.
Interesting? Hmmm…tell this fat bottomed girl some more about it Dr Tovee…
“If you look at environments where food is scarce, people’s preferences for body size in a potential partner are shifted. [The preference] appears to be much heavier compared to environments where there’s plenty of food and a much more relaxed atmosphere,” he explained.
“If you’re living a far more stressful, subsistence lifestyle, you’re going to have higher stress levels.”
To simulate heightened stress, a test group of men were placed in interview and public speaking scenarios and their BMI preferences compared against a control group of non-stressed men.
The results indicated that the change in “environmental conditions” led to a shift of weight preference towards heavier women with the men considering a wider range of body sizes attractive.
Wow, makes you wonder in this stress filled economic times why so many commercials and advertisements use skinny women! Perhaps the BMI has more to do with the upper portion of a woman’s body.
Okay, I’ll be honest, that is all I got for you tonight. I promise lots of cartoons tomorrow, and by the way, this is an open thread.