From the ‘Break The Internet’, bootylicious Kim Kardashian photo for Paper Magazine to hit songs like ‘All About That Bass’, ‘Booty‘ and ‘Anaconda’, we can definitely say that women with curvy booties will continue to remain in the spotlight.
Previous studies on men’s “taste” in women’s figure, suggest that men have actually evolved to prefer females with thin waists and big hips – a sign of being youthful and fertile.
Now, a new research that was published in the online journal ‘Evolution and Human Behavior‘, adds more to this evolutionary theory, claiming that men are also more interested in ‘prominent posteriors’ or the curved spines that are “responsible for” curvy booties, to be more precise.
‘Over the course of human history, women faced the adaptive problem of a forwarded-shifted center of mass during pregnancy’, study co-author Eric Russell and graduate student in psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington, told The Huffington Post.
‘Women with a greater degree of lumbar curvature were able to redistribute this center of mass to reduce the strain of pregnancy. Thus, we hypothesized that men should have a psychological adaptation to prefer these women as mating partners.’
To summarize, males have evolved to prefer this specific anatomical figure because it enables women to sustain multiple pregnancies without injury and forage productively during pregnancy.
For the purpose of this quite interesting study, more than 300 men rated the attractiveness of female silhouettes that had spine curves ranging from 26 to 61 degrees. The results revealed that men stated that the moderate curvature, about 45.5 degrees, seemed to be the ideal one.
Well, this explains a lot. Now we know that there is a scientific reason for this “booty fixation”.
Source: The Huffington Post; Evolution and Human Behavior