"You can't be too rich or too thin," goes the saying. "Wrong," say sixty-thousand men who were asked whether they preferred women with curves, or stick insects who are all sharp corners. Four out of five of those surveyed plumped for the more pneumatic option, overwhelmingly favouring size 12 and 14 women to size 8 stick insects. (No information was taken regarding preferences shown in wallet sizes.) Conclusion, according to The Vine:
It seems their ideal girlfriends are pneumatic, not flat-tyred. They'd rather negotiate sweeping curves than sharp shoulders. They like women buxom, bosomy and bountiful.
And why not? Yes, the survey is hardly scientific. Yes, these are 60,000 men who read FHM magazine and who chose to reply to the survey, but if these blokes don't have an obvious interest in the subject, then who does, right? Better to have something to hold on to than to be banging a bundle of kindling, right?
Wrong, says "body image expert" Julie Thomson, general manager of eating disorders and body image campaigners the Butterfly Foundation, who objects to the very premise that a bloke might enjoy looking at women, or fall in lust based on how they look (or at all). "It objectifies women ... perpetuating this ideal that men do look at women externally only ... centred around judging people based on what size they are ... it is very, very complex ..." Maybe she's right. Maybe this does objectify women. Maybe we shouldn't just be perpetuating ideals of body shape -- maybe we should also be checking out whether they're rich.
NB: Let's have our own unscientific survey here. Assuming those three young women above are all self-made rocket scientists, which of them would you prefer to be going home with?