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Hourglass figure NOT equal to fertility

Posted on: Thursday, 4 December 2008

Key points in this interesting article:
– The hourglass figure is not a visual cue for fertility. If this were true, then evolution should have made us women all hourglass-shaped by now. Instead, it seems to have done the opposite.
– More cylindrical women are stronger, healthier, and just as if not more likely to be fertile.
– It’s possible that men prefer the hourglass figure in countries where they also prefer women who are dependent upon them.
clipped from blog.newsweek.com
more scientists are taking aim at the ludicrous idea that there is a biology of beauty—specifically, that men prefer women with an hourglass shape because that is a sign of fertility
anthropologist Elizabeth Cashdan of the University of Utah argues that a factor that makes women stronger, more competitive and better able to deal with stress—all of which are good for health and staying alive,a prerequisite for having children—also tends to redistribute fat from hips to waist
few women in any society (Victoria’s Secret models do not constitute a “society”) have that 0.7 ratio. They tend to be much higher, with a cylindrical rather than hourglass shape. Surely, given that evolution cares only about whether your traits enable you to leave offspring, there would have been tremendous selection pressure for women to have an hourglass shape if it truly conferred greater fertility.
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