A recent scientific study has confirmed what we all knew anyway, that more often than not a woman’s chest is the first thing that men notice.
It has long been acknowledged and accepted, by both sexes, that women’s breasts attract male attention. Men and women everywhere are painfully aware of this particular trait of the human condition with men battling their natural urge to stare at them and women either ignoring or embracing this.
However the study has in fact shed some light on the ’bigger is better’ myth as the ‘first fixations’ (the things that men look at first) were consistently the breasts, regardless of their size.
Researchers at the University of Wellington, New Zealand, presented subjects with six images of the same woman, digitally altered to give her different sized breasts, waist and hips. By using cameras and tiny mirrors they then recorded where each of them looked first, how long their gaze lasted and how often their eyes returned to the same spot.
The results were, well, nothing short of earth-shatteringly astounding. 80% of first fixations were on the breasts and midriff. The men consistently spent more time looking at the breasts and also made significantly more fixations upon them than other regions.
Although not massively surprising, the study did reveal that less than 20% of male ‘first fixations’ were directed towards a woman’s facial features, a figure lower than expected perhaps, especially considering the relatively recent studies into facial symmetry defining ‘beauty’ (if it can be defined) and how important faces are when attracting members of the opposite sex.
There are many conclusions that could be drawn from these results and while it could be argued that New Zealand men are merely more lascivious than any other nationality, (tempting to run with that one) it would be fairer to deduce that simple biology is ultimately responsible.
It is widely accepted that the reason is evolutionary as women with larger chests and slimmer waists generally have higher levels of the female hormone oestrogen, which experts say indicates greater fertility (something that appeals to the male subconscious).
The researchers accepted the ‘we are all ultimately slaves to nature’ theory but also conceded that part of the reason why men often have conversations with women’s chests might simply be because they are nice to look at: ’Men may be looking more often at the breasts because they are aesthetically pleasing, regardless of the size.’
Thankfully the human race has evolved to the point where natural urges are controlled for the sake of maintaining a civilised society. However, it still remains that some men are better than others at disguising their attraction towards breasts and while we accept they’re nice to look at guys, to those who haven’t yet mastered the art of discretion, at least pretend that you’ve noticed our faces, (it’s what separates us from the animals.)
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