Pornographic Actresses are a Poor Choice for Assessing What Men Optimally Prefer in Women’s Looks: Comments on Voracek and Fisher (2006)
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Voracek and Fisher (2006) attempted a supposedly more ecologically valid assessment of men’s preferences for women’s physical attractiveness by analyzing reported anthropometric measurements of top-ranked female porn stars/nude models. This approach is problematic.
Voracek and Fisher assumed that the physical appearance of top-ranked porn stars/nude models reflects what men generally find most attractive in women. However, most women will not pose nude, let alone participate in pornography. Therefore, as a first approximation, highly ranked porn stars/nude models reflect the best looking among the minority of women who are willing to pose nude or indulge in pornographic acts, not the best looking women per se.
Voracek and Fisher noted substantial overrepresentation of women from the post-Soviet transitional countries of Eastern Europe in their sample, but did not address this observation. Is this because Eastern European women look better than other European women or is it that, for a...