Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 41, Issue 6, pp 1431–1437

Preferred Female Body Proportions Among Child-Free Men

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10508-012-9964-0

Cite this article as:
Burris, C.T. & Munteanu, A.R. Arch Sex Behav (2012) 41: 1431. doi:10.1007/s10508-012-9964-0


Based on conceptual extrapolations from sociobiological models concerning the significance of secondary sex characteristics as markers of a female’s capacity to produce and nurture offspring, we reasoned that men’s greater unwillingness to reproduce would be linked to preference for a female body type characterized by the relative absence of such markers. Heterosexual undergraduate men (N = 67) indicated their ideal (most arousing) female body type on-line by means of an adjustable female figure. As expected, the desire to remain childfree was linked to erotic preference for a combination of smaller breasts and larger waist-to-hip ratio. Additional research into individual factors that map onto variations in the preferred body proportions of erotic targets is thus encouraged.


ChildfreeBreast sizeWaist-to-hip ratio

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologySt. Jerome’s UniversityWaterlooCanada