In this economy, while men are worried about losing their jobs, they’re looking for something to hold onto. And that something is a big ol’ booty! Finally, this gray economic cloud officially has its silver lining, thanks to a recent study conducted at New York University. Their findings confirmed that when times are lean, men tend to describe their ideal mate as extra fatty! Dr. Leif Nelson and his team at NYU interviewed groups of men and asked them how much money they had. No matter the actual size of their bank account, some were made to feel rich and some were made to feel poor. After receiving the positive or negative feedback about their financial status, the guys were then asked to describe their dream woman. Men who felt broke tended to go for heavier girls. “It could be that when men are hungry they seek out signals of lushness or opulence and heaviness in the female might be such a signal,” Dr. Nelson theorized. In an economic downturn, bigger women make men feel like they’ve hit the jackpot!
In the last American recession, during George H. W. Bush’s presidency, a chart topping, Grammy Award winning hit marked the ultimate woman of the times. “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot explained that men like big butts and they cannot lie. The video featured mounds of video hoes in spandex showing just how “thick and juicy” they were.
Even Playboy is in on the economic secret. A study, published back in 2003, compared the measurements of Playmates from 1960-2000. Researcher Terry Pettijohn discovered, “When social and economic conditions were difficult, older, heavier, taller Playboy Playmates of the Year with larger waists, smaller eyes, larger waist-to-hip ratios, smaller bust-to-waist ratios, and smaller body mass index values were selected.” It’s no surprise, despite being supremely wealthy, a taste maker like Hugh Hefner wants to feel like he’s livin’ large!
There is a direct cultural correlation between the size of the perfect woman and a man’s appetite. “In wealthy cultures, thin women are preferred, and in poorer cultures, heavier women are preferred,” Dr. Nelson explains. Now, as we face the worst economic crisis since The Great Depression, plus size Beth Ditto is naked on the cover of media conglomerate Conde Nast’s new magazine, Love. British BBW, Adele, just ruled at the Grammy Awards. Voluptuous sex symbols like America Ferrera and Sara Ramirez are ruling television. While the bottom is falling out of the economy, well-rounded women are truly gaining weight in our culture. Curves are back and bigger than ever! [Revenge of The Curves]