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Exposure to imagery featuring thin women and women’s eating behavior

Erin Strahan, Steven Spencer and Mark Zanna carried out the following 4 studies:(1, pdf)


How feminist and non-feminist women rate women’s bodies

Swami et al. examined whether feminist identification in women is associated with different body weight preferences.(1, pdf)


Leg-length to height ratio and attractiveness

Swami et al. showed line drawings of men and women that varied the length of the legs relative to height, and had the figures rated for appeal by men and women.(1, pdf)


A waste of a study on waist-hip preferences: people do not have for waifs a taste

Strange study by Rebecca Puhl and Fred Boland:(1, pdf)


The utility of makeup for women

Machines judging human beauty

Some people have succeeded in teaching a machine (computer) how to judge human beauty to a reasonable extent.  This can only be possible if most people share a similar sense of beauty and the computer picks up the pattern.  I will be addressing the shortcomings of a study in this regard.


Shape preferences pertaining to ancestral and derived forms

In a previously addressed study by Albert Magro, he showed that the widespread appeal of the Barbie doll is best explained by Barbie exaggerating many of the derived features in humans.  Magro followed up this study with a more elaborate one where he used 18 sets of line drawings representing ancestral, intermediate and derived shapes, and had them rated by men, women, children, adults and people of European, sub-Saharan African and East Asian ancestry.(1, pdf [6.7 MB])


Stephen Marquardt Phi (Golden ratio) mask formally refuted

A formal criticism of Stephen Marquardt’s Phi (Golden ratio) mask is about to be published.  The electronic version was posted online a few days ago.  Here is the article in its entirety.  It is written for a scientific/medical audience, but its contents have been discussed in a more layperson-friendly manner at this site before.


The 2004 Miss Poland beauty pageant: a poor choice for discerning what makes women super attractive

Another useless study has been published in a peer-reviewed journal, with the title “Body mass index and waist: hip ratio are not enough to characterize female attractiveness.”(1)  Duh!  Amazingly, even the editor and peer-reviewers allowed this title.

Barbie: the bane of feminists, and why she is preferred

Barbara Millicent Roberts; Barbie



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