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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 41, Issue 6, pp 1431-1437

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Preferred Female Body Proportions Among Child-Free Men

  • Christopher T. BurrisAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, St. Jerome’s University Email author 
  • , Armand R. MunteanuAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, St. Jerome’s University

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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.


Childfree Breast size Waist-to-hip ratio