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James

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19180983

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.
So what do you all make of this?

I think that while it isn't true for me (i.e. when stress-free, I am still drawn to larger women) there might be something to this.

The researchers are legit and have credibility in their work in this field. PloS is a serious journal too and they have some pretty high standards for methodology.

Part of me thinks that there's some confirmation bias going on here - by which I mean that the prior assumption was that when men get stressed out they run to mommy... with the thinking that mommy = heavier/more mature figure...

Again... it doesn't feel true for me - nor, I imagine, for FAs as a group - but it is interesting to consider as a general effect on all men in a population (as I believe the study aimed to do).

Thoughts? Does it ring true in your experience?
 

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Of course men under stress prefer a wider range of body sizes! When push comes to shove, you don't have time to worry about irrelevancies. :happy:
 

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I saw an article about this earlier today, and my first response was: So, most guys only get to enjoy the company of a fat woman when they're stressed out, while I get to do it all the time! :)

Seriously, this study may be legit or it may not, but it will only be twisted to bolster the agenda of the fat-haters and the diet/drug/medical scammers. The early article I saw was already doing it. Watch for crap like this: Guys are relaxing their "standards of beauty" when they're stressed, or else they're insecure wimps and they want their mommies. This is not good for fat acceptance.
 

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People assume that because it's a study (it's on the internet--MUST be true), it must be factual when, at most it might green-light further research, not indicate any real trend or behavior. It's only making the rounds because teh fatz itself is trending as the vice-du-jour so all related industries stand to profit if they can find a way to further erode the self-esteem of fat people AND their admirers.

This is original link to the study:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0042593

Median age was 21-22 years old and British white in ethnicity. The control group included 40, the experimental group included 41, hardly a diverse and meaty slice of the male pie-chart.

The latest trend in the talk show circuit is to portray fat admirers are predatory towards vulnerable and child-like (smacks of being a pedophile) partners and fat people as being infantile, so they get to kill two birds with one stone by disenfranchising both parties. Undermine supporters of fat people, fat people are even easier to demonize.
 

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The latest trend in the talk show circuit is to portray fat admirers are predatory towards vulnerable and child-like (smacks of being a pedophile) partners and fat people as being infantile, so they get to kill two birds with one stone by disenfranchising both parties. Undermine supporters of fat people, fat people are even easier to demonize.
Good analysis! Attacking the mental stability of fat admirers is clearly becoming more important as a strategy in the war against fat people. The explosion of fat porn online is making it more difficult (but still not impossible) to sell the standard lines of "fat is ugly" and "no man will find you sexually attractive if you're fat". It's no surprise that "No man will want you" has changed to become "No QUALITY man will want you". Same BS, different day.
 

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Swami and Tovée worked on another study looking at weight preferences and ranges a few years back. They concluded that the men that stated a preference for large women found a wider weight range to be aesthetically appealing than those that did not.

I'm not sure what their bias/motivation in this work is but I think that the negative interpretations are more likely to be coming from the media filters rather than the actual research outcomes.
 

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I haven't been on in this site in a long time, but I liked this posting. It reminded me about how great this forum is and the variety of interesting topics. This was a good article post.
 

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Swami and Tovée worked on another study looking at weight preferences and ranges a few years back. They concluded that the men that stated a preference for large women found a wider weight range to be aesthetically appealing than those that did not.
I'm not familiar with their earlier study, but isn't that a pretty weak (and very obvious) conclusion? I hope they proved more than that! I can't imagine anyone disputing it, whether they measured weight range in terms of pounds or percentage.
 

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Why wouldn't men find sexy women comforting when stressed, this study seems useless :confused:



:D
 

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When one is stressed and needs a hug, a bigger body is more satisfying to hug and hold on to. This my personal experience with cats. When I had four, picking up and hugging the fattest one felt the best when I was feeling badly. With the skinnier ones, I'd feel like there's not enough cat there, and I may hurt it.

I agree with this study, and yes, men may want a bigger mama-figure to hold, but I think a bigger woman is like a bigger cat - more huggable.:D
 

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Just to speculate on the basis of no real data.....

What if a lot of guys are innately attracted to more voluptuous women, but growing up in our society they learn to consistently suppress those feeling and indicate (even to themselves) an attraction to the more fashionably thin women? However, that sort of mental exercise is, well, exercise--it burns energy and takes effort. When the brain is tired, it is less apt to perform those substitutions (this part is pretty well documented, how exerting will gets harder the more we've used it recently).

The result of this situation would be expected to be that when under mental stress, guys would be more honest about their attraction to larger women, as the study purports to show.

If this was the case, you'd also expect that under the influence of alcohol guys might follow their basic instincts more, so that at bars drunk guys might be more apt to hit on larger women than they would normally. Anecdotally, this may well be the case.

Not saying that adds up to anything like proof for my theory, just giving an alternate stab at what could cause this behaviour.
 

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What if a lot of guys are innately attracted to more voluptuous women, but growing up in our society they learn to consistently suppress those feeling and indicate (even to themselves) an attraction to the more fashionably thin women? However, that sort of mental exercise is, well, exercise--it burns energy and takes effort. When the brain is tired, it is less apt to perform those substitutions (this part is pretty well documented, how exerting will gets harder the more we've used it recently).

The result of this situation would be expected to be that when under mental stress, guys would be more honest about their attraction to larger women, as the study purports to show.
This makes complete sense to me. I think it's a very good theory.
 

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Just to speculate on the basis of no real data.....

What if a lot of guys are innately attracted to more voluptuous women, but growing up in our society they learn to consistently suppress those feeling and indicate (even to themselves) an attraction to the more fashionably thin women? However, that sort of mental exercise is, well, exercise--it burns energy and takes effort. When the brain is tired, it is less apt to perform those substitutions (this part is pretty well documented, how exerting will gets harder the more we've used it recently).

The result of this situation would be expected to be that when under mental stress, guys would be more honest about their attraction to larger women, as the study purports to show.

If this was the case, you'd also expect that under the influence of alcohol guys might follow their basic instincts more, so that at bars drunk guys might be more apt to hit on larger women than they would normally. Anecdotally, this may well be the case.

Not saying that adds up to anything like proof for my theory, just giving an alternate stab at what could cause this behaviour.
I like this one too. I also think that it might be a bit more primeval: in moments of crisis, natural selection would favor those who mate with partners who are more crisis-resilient--such as those who are particularly strong or fat or confident.
 

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I dunno. I've been under stress for the last twenty years, AND I've preferred larger women for the last twenty years. Hmmmm.... ;)
 

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I enjoy comfort food, comfortable furniture and comfortable clothes. Why should I be different when it comes to enjoying comfortable (and comforting) women? I'd say bones are for dogs, but I like dogs too much.
 

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Perhaps larger women exhuberate warmth! Perhaps it's the big boobs of many larger women that make them feel comfort, not frigidness?
 

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Perhaps larger women exhuberate warmth! Perhaps it's the big boobs of many larger women that make them feel comfort, not frigidness?
I agree, stick insect barbies are prizes alpha males fight over. Such males are seeking increased status not companionship or empathy.

Guys who are stressed may be less likely to play alpha male games and more likely to seek the comfort a nice (both physically and emotionally) large woman.
 

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