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Your “Type” Is More Mind Than Media

Posted May 03, 2012 12:00 AM by Chelsey H

Men, have you ever wondered why your eyes travel to a particular part of a woman's body? Turns out, what you're attracted is biological and primitive.

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In general men and women are attracted to athletic bodies because they signal a high level of health and ability to successfully reproduce. Since women's faces do not mature as much as men's, men are attracted to large eyes, small noses, and full lips and cheeks because of their childlike characteristics. The signals evoke paternal, protective feelings in men. Women prefer men with more mature, adult faces such as a strong jaw, larger brow and strong nose because they show an ability to defend.

On a biological level, some men haven't caught up with the 21st century and are more attracted to the appearance of a woman's body and her ability to reproduce than her intelligence, personality or socioeconomic status. As discussed in the Body Language blog, the woman must physically attract the man first before they can talk so he can find out about her inner values. The analogy made in The Definitive book of Body Language is "when you go fishing you bait the hook with what the fish likes, not with what you like," makes sense, even if it's a little caveman-esque. It also turns out that a woman does not even need to be naturally beautiful- she just needs to appear available (by sending all the signals discussed in the Body Language blog). People tend to prefer mates who are as attractive as they are in the hopes that the other person won't stray.

THE question- "Are you a Butt, Breast, Or Leg Man?"

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While it may not be the most politically correct thing to say, it is biologically accurate that a woman's body has evolved as a "permanent, portable sexual signaling system" that is designed to attract male attention for reproduction. (Remember we're still thinking in cave man times). The body parts that men are most attracted to play the biggest role in this process.

Breasts- Breasts mostly consist of fat tissue giving them their rounded shape. Only a small amount of the tissue is used for milk production. They serve as a sexual signal and a way to differentiate males and females (the definition of sexy, for our purpose, is highlighting the difference in the sexes). Most men are actually attracted to the cleavage that breasts create, rather than the shape or size of the breasts. When a woman is attracted to a man, she'll subconsciously (or consciously) lean forward and push her breasts together to emphasize her cleavage. There have been several studies which indicate that men (and women) prefer large breasts and associate positive attribute (confidence, popularity) with larger breasts. Breasts react in relation to other body parts, changing in size and shape during pregnancy or old age. However, these changes are not good sexual signals and the sexual appeal of breast size depends on overall body fat, waist, and slenderness or arms and legs.

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Butts- The key to men's attraction to women's butts is that it gives the impression that woman is available for mating. Human butts stay enlarged all the time, as opposed to most other animals whose buttocks only becomes enlarged when they are ready for mating. And the verdict for most attractive type of butt is rounded and peach shaped.

Legs- When a girl hits puberty, her legs undergo rapid lengthening. Long legs are a biological signal for men that she is sexually maturing. High heels give the illusion of fertile-looking legs and enhance the woman's shape by lengthening her legs, arching her back, forcing her buttocks to protrude, making her feet appear smaller, and thrusting her pelvis forward. Men want women's legs to look athletic because additional fat in the legs highlights the sex difference between men and women. Image Credit: dansentutu

Now, ladies, before you get all offended at the seemingly objectification men make of women you have to remember that it's biological. (Unless of course, the Homo Sapien talking to you at the bar hasn't evolved yet). And you should also remember that we have some primitive traits we look for in a mate as well. Look for the next body type blog to learn "what women want."

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05/03/2012 4:06 AM

I think it is good to discuss this, even in the face of some possible discomfitures. As humans, we are also animals, subject to both sublime and questionable impulses. If we want to be more sublime, we need also to understand the non-sublime, if only to rise above it.

For whatever background motivations, I'm what would be called a "leg man"; this is the womanly feature most attractive to me, and exemplified by my spouse (!). Just why that would be, I don't know. I have read/heard that for guys, this may be shaped maternally. That makes sense; my mom was more leggy than busty. Even so, I don't know if it is a full explanation.

An important reason to understand such matters better is that otherwise healthy attractions can sometimes be diverted. Where I live right now, we have a case of a very well known and loved former city/borough mayor, age almost 80, who had some (alleged) child pornography images on his computer. I doubt that anyone knows whether he has actually harmed someone, but the questions are haunting.

Nothing I say here will resolve all such questions, but nonetheless they should be open for reasoned discussion. This thread could be a step in the right direction.

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05/03/2012 9:03 AM

Hello Tornado, I don't think your tastes have anything to do with your mother's own characteristics, for me (some might agree) thinking of sex in relation to females in the family, makes it disgusting.

It is too bad that the "psycho-father of analysis" (a coke consumer and a train-phobic) stated that man's first sexual contact was nurturing from his mother's breasts (!!!).

All human activity (acording to him) has to do with sex, well I concede this certain validity, since it is very common that men strive and reach success motivated by the ambition to posess a woman in particular (or use that to attract them in general and see how many are catched on his wealth web).

In my case (a breast man), I can't explain why am I soo attracted to that part, which I consider to be the most beatiful femenine feature, with face in second place, I used to have a girlfriend, all tenderness and joy, she was M cups (will remember her to the very last day of my life).

If we were biologically programmed to reproduce through all of our lives, cease of period and andropause wouldn't exist; furthermore, sex drive continues without that porpuse, you don't feel like becoming father again and again (neither conscious or sub-consciously I'd say).

Anyways... who knows?

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05/04/2012 2:03 AM

".. If we were biologically programmed to reproduce through all of our lives, cease of period and andropause wouldn't exist .."

I'm not sure what you're thinking here. It's a bit like saying sports cars are made to go really fast, so there's no reason they have a top speed.

Evolution works by selecting physical changes that allow more offspring to survive to breed, from the range of existing physical possibilities.

There's a trade-off between breeding age and egg quality in women (that's a physical limitation) so there's an age after which there's no advantage to have more children. However, there's probably an advantage to have past breeding age family members hang around to do child minding etc.

The evolved solution is not designed, but is what works in a given situation, often the "reasons" one solution works best (ie produces more breeders) is not clear to us.

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What I mean is that attraction is not 100% motivated by reproductive porpuses, I agree to the rest of your comments, except the racing cars, for me one thing is capacity and another very different is endurance.

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05/04/2012 8:56 AM

As humans, we are also animals,
Ref. "The Naked Ape". i believe by Desmond Morris.

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05/03/2012 1:07 PM

phoenix911: Yes I think its good to get this out in the open, and discuss this.

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phoenix911: but your eyes are down here... so we're even.

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05/04/2012 8:05 AM

Men, have you ever wondered why your eyes travel to a particular part of a woman's body?

No......................it's always been based on whether she's walking toward me or away from me.

I've always been more concerned with not getting caught. Sunglasses are essential at the beach.

I've also noticed that marriage leads to enhanced peripheral vision.

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Peripheral vision !! too funny, I bet your eyeballs do a 360deg rotation at times (no need to call the exorcist, cold shower required though.)

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LOL!!

I am told there are sunglasses with what look like chrome plated lenses.....might be even better....

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Too obvious................I don't want to look like some kind of pervert.

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I should introduce you to my new line of (very haute couture) 'Google Oogle' shades with discrete, builtin, 360-degree stereo telephoto lenses, dvr, uplink, and Instagram capability - all based on Google's new glasses. Make a complete arse of oneself in the privacy of one's own head. :-))

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05/06/2012 9:02 PM

The little voice in my head is teling me to untether from the digital domain. I'll ignore it for as long as I can..........................at my own peril.

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As an engineering type, I've done things that I'm not proud of. Ashamed of actually. I'll stop killing the planet if you stop being a wimp.

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Your evil twin speaking? lol

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Who are you, and how do you know me so well?

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05/06/2012 9:52 PM

In the name of fairness, I think that chelesy thinks alot of herself. Having visited upstate New York, I can vouch for the fact, that they don't grow geniouses there.

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I've got CR4 in God Mode. You know, like in Wolfenstein 3D?

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The trick is the Konami Code, plugging that in makes you a moderator.

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Hai! Wakarimashita!

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05/04/2012 2:41 PM

So, why is there so much emphasis placed on augmentation "boob jobs", liposuction, etc., if the appeal is biological? There is so much emphasis placed on the external looks in our overly sexualized society that women are willing to go through extraordinary uncomfortable physical steps and spend much money to try and attract the lustful eyes of men.

We have gotten this part of life all screwed up, because what is currently physically appealing won't last, no matter how much money is spent on procedures to try and maintain a youthful body. What used to be high and tight will become low and saggy. It is the natural result of bodies that deteriorate over time. That is why the character of the woman is so much more important than what the "wrapping" looks like. My wife isn't in quite the same shape physically that she was 35 years ago when we were married but that's ok. She's better now in terms of character, etc. than she was then too. It takes both to make a long-term relationship work.

"On a biological level, some men haven't caught up with the 21st century and are more attracted to the appearance of a woman's body and her ability to reproduce than her intelligence, personality or socioeconomic status." Is it biological or is it environment that dictates what is appealing? If is biological it won't change. If it is due to our societal mores, standards, etc. then what appeals will change. The media has huge impact on what we hold up as being ideal. The sad part is is that our society for the most part portrays women and a woman's body as no more than a piece of meat to be used, abused and discarded at will.

At different times of history and in different societies there are different traits that are held up as ideal or desireable. Many times it hasn't been the emaciated look of the modern American woman with huge breasts and a skinny waist.

And many men go through medical procedures to try and look appealing to women. It isn't just women who do stupid things to appeal to the eye.

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How can you possibly say that? These brave people keep society young at heart. All she needs is a tramp stamp, and she's good to go.

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Oops. I was merely pointing out the ridiculousness that facilitiesmgr was referring to...........................my bad. Lets get back to T & A.

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I am unsubscibed, but I've got one more thing to say. You people are something else.

You start a blog(s) about sexual attraction.....................I post a picture that depicts the crazy lengths to which people will go , (in their minds), to remain sexually attractive to the opposite sex..................................and I get 5 OTs for it?!!!

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5 OTs are what many give themselves because they did not realise they were replying to an OT comment......I think that is what you may have done.

You have to take off the OT mark if you also don't want to be marked as OT when replying......I am going to do just that in a few seconds so that I don't automatiocally get 5 OTs....Its just below where I am writing now!!!! See here:-

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I was replying to a GA Andy. The photo I submitted is disturbing.......................on purpose. It is an illustration of the lengths to which people will go to remain "sexy". These are shallow people, and I thought my post was quite germane to the discussion. Obviously I was mistaken. I think what we I need at this point, is a subset of rules for proper behavior on sex blogs.

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While I don't have a problem with the moderators playing the role of "parents".

Good parents interact with their children. Hit and run don't cut it.

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I think that you misunderstood, I was trying to show you how not to get 5 OTs when replying to an OT marked post..........

The last line in my post was just the line below the edit box that needs to remain un-ticked......

Nothing to do with pictures or anything.....and only faintly to do with the previous post that you answered.......

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"At different times of history and in different societies there are different traits that are held up as ideal or desireable. Many times it hasn't been the emaciated look of the modern American woman with huge breasts and a skinny waist."

You may not have realized it, but this supports the argument, the style changes but the underlying truth doesn't, they are all sexy looks to someone.

As to your other argument, no matter how much value hidden inside the package, it has to attract you before you'll pick it up and look inside.

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"... women are willing to go through extraordinary uncomfortable physical steps and spend much money to try and attract the lustful eyes of men."

There is so much more to it than merely appealing to the prurient interests of lustful men. Women (and to a lesser degree, men) also dress to delineate social status in a competitive sense.

In his landmark piece Theory of the Leisure Class, Thorsten Veblen wrote that unlike Europe, America lacked a hereditary aristocracy of families who were able to live on the interest produced by inherited wealth. In America, he wrote, even the wealthiest men were self-made capitalists who earned their own livings. Since these men were too busy to enjoy leisure and spend money themselves, they delegated these tasks to their wives and daughters. Through his support of a wife and daughters who earned no money but spent lavishly, a man could demonstrate his financial prowess to his neighbours. "Therefore," according to Veblen, "affluent women were forced into the role of consumers thereby establishing the social status of the family by the clothes and other items they bought and the leisure activities in which they engaged."

Fashions of the time, such as long skirts and high heels, immobilized women, making it difficult for them to perform physical labour, whilst ideals of beauty such as soft pale hands and faces precluded manual work or outdoor activities for upper-class women. To confer status, Veblen writes, "... clothing should not only be expensive, but it should also make plain to all observers that the wearer is not engaged in any kind of productive employment." According to Veblen, "... the dress of women goes even farther than that of men in the way of demonstrating the wearer's abstinence from [the need to be engaged in] productive labour. The high heel," he notes, "makes any, even the simplest of and most necessary manual work, extremely difficult," and is thus a manifest reminder that the woman is "...the economic dependant of the man - that, perhaps in a highly idealized sense, she still is the man's chattel."

In order to appear on equal footing, the less-wealthy emulated their wealthier neighbours, they theirs and so on, with it all working its way to the socioeconomic cellar. Today it pervades all of society, with mutations on the basic theme branching here and there in order to establish some sort of 'badge of individuality,' but the message is still there: "We belong to a higher social stratum than thou." To wit:

"It is true of dress in even a higher degree than of most other items of consumption, that people will undergo a very considerable degree of privation in the comforts or the necessaries of life in order to afford what is considered a decent amount of wasteful consumption; so that it is by no means an uncommon occurrence, in an inclement climate, for people to go ill-clad in order to appear well-dressed."

Mind you, Veblen wrote this piece in 1899. Remarkable (yet unsurprising) how much still applies today.

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05/06/2012 6:51 AM

I hope the next blog will include, "On a biological level, some women haven't caught up with the 21st century and are more attracted to the appearance of a man's body and his ability to reproduce than his intelligence, personality or socioeconomic status". OK, 'reproduce' might be replace by provide/protect'. Now just who was that gal who married the wrinkly billionaire ?

"And you should also remember that we have some primitive traits we look for in a mate as well" - that sounds rather begrudgingly said ?

Just being provocative. It's interesting stuff, but doesn't much of this get negated by 21st Century 'sophistication' ? It's not representative of people as a whole, but read any 'lonely hearts' column.

The topic is borderline science/sociology. I don't object, the two are hard to separate on some issues, but people have been naughty-stepped for less. It's a good argument for some sort of apt new forum.

Whilst I'm on a roll, is it not also a factor that each gender tries to change according to what they think they opposite will find alluring.

Time for me to go moisturize. Joking !

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