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Female waist-to-hip ratio preference among rural men in Bakossiland, Cameroon
A study by Dixson et al.(1) reported that when shown line drawings of women from the back, varying in waist-to-hip ratios (WHRs) from 0.5 to 1.0, rural men in Bakossiland, Cameroon, most often preferred a WHR of 0.8.
The following image shows the number of the central African men most strongly preferring a given WHR when asked to pick the most sexually appealing form and the form most attractive in a woman that is a potential long-term partner.
Legend: Dashed line represents expected number of men preferring a given WHR if the choices were made randomly. ** p < 0.005 (chi-squared test).
There does not appear to be a strong preference for hourglass figures among rural men in Bakossiland, Cameroon.
- Dixson, B. J., Dixson, A. F., Morgan, B., and Anderson, M. J., Human Physique and Sexual Attractiveness: Sexual Preferences of Men and Women in Bakossiland, Cameroon, Arch Sex Behav Nov. 30 Epub (2006).