Tuesday, January 18, 2011

somatic preference n its strange inferences

I think most of the men would have read the reports that staring at breasts daily increased the life span (of men, of-course ) and blah blah.. Many of them have read this report and turned into self acclaimed cleavage critics. ;-) Also, there are secret breast analysis and appreciation groups which just like to talk about the nice things they have seen on TV or elsewhere. Anyway, if you are still reading this and scolding me for putting such a post. I would have to just one thing to say" Men will be men". But, today I would like to take it in a scientific angle :-)

Somatics is the study of the human body from the perspective of a first person observer, as opposed to a third person observer. This field of study and practice is derived from a predominantly oral tradition, however some methods and technique have been formalised.

Today, I found a interesting report (Traits of men who prefer breasts, booty or legs by Wiggins et al.) and its called somatic preference in short.

It was funny and somewhat interesting also, so I am repasting few parts of the report here.
The complete report can be found here.

It has been 40 years since this study was done, so social preferences might have changed.
Researchers asked 95 male college students which silhouette drawings they preferred, and these independently varied the size of the breasts, butt, and legs: each appeared in a "normal" size, somewhat large, large, somewhat small, and small. They completed personality questionnaires and provided demographic background info.

Men who preferred the "large" figure - large breasts, large butt, and large legs - were characterized by "a need for achievement."

Blame it on the men who still think that porn movies are based on reality!

Those who preferred the "standard" figure - normal size for all parts - were characterized by "a tendency to be disorganized in personal habits."
oh, expecting a normal figure leads to disorganized lifestyle?

Those who preferred the small figure tend to persevere in their work. They are not cynical about authority and reported coming from an upper-class background.

hmmm.. small figure, but big fat purse! now, I can make a connection why rich people eat less, aspire for zero size figures etc.

Men who like large breasts have a tendency to date frequently, to have masculine interests, and to read sports magazines. Further, large-breast preference was related to a need for heterosexual contact and for exhibitionism. In social relations, men who preferred the large breasts tend to be non-nurturing and independent.

A long list of celebrities would fall into this list and this would be wish list for most of the men folk too.

Men who prefer boobs that are friendly and unpretentious i.e. small breasts tend to hold fundamentalist religious beliefs and are mildly depressed. They are nurturing in their relations with others. They are not cynical about authority and come from large, nonworking-class families. They are lacking in achievement motivation and are indefinite about career plans. As a group, they tend to be engineering majors.

I never knew that there were "friendly boobs" :-D

Heterosexual men who prefer large buttocks were characterized by a need for order (neatness, organization, orderliness). Those who preferred the largest buttocks figure tend to be accounting majors and tend not to be agnostic. In social situations, they are dependent and given to self-abasement (guilty, self-blaming). Their value orientation tends not to be stoic in nature.

This one is hilarious.. certainly, fat ass has large following in the accounting dept.

Those who preferred small buttocks tend not to be self-abasing. They tend to persevere in the completion of their work and do not feel the need to be the center of attention. Their reading interests do not include sports magazines.

HMM.. I m checking my butt now.. :-)

The results and inferences of such scientific research makes you think, what made them to pick such a topic. There has been no follow up studies on this topic and leaves me wondering why it has been left out in later years also. Anyway, it left me amused when I read about this report and hopefully you found it worth a read! :-)


Manasa Vishal Aroor said...

you actually read the whole report and even drew inferences from it??? BTW: it was truly an interesting read.. even I read your entire blog... :) heheeheheh...

Suhas said...

Its such an interesting survey and as the trends and times are changed.. definitely need a revisit.. off to google now for more details.. ;) truly a wonderful read Harsha!!