For Posterior’s Sake?

Can a man’s personality be inferred based on his preference of certain parts of a woman’s body? Believe it or not, researchers have attempted to uncover the difference between “boob men” and “ass men.”

According to a detailed study conducted in 1968, by Jerry S. Wiggins, Nancy Wiggins, and Judith Cohen Conger of the University of Illinois, it was observed that on an average, the majority of the participants expressed their preference for the figure with large breasts, large buttocks, and large legs “was associated with a need for achievement” while those who preferred the figure with small breasts, buttocks, and legs were “not cynical about authority and reported coming from an upper-class background.” Preference for the standard figure “was associated with heterosexuality and a tendency to be disorganized in personal habits.”

In an article published in the New York Times, called “For Posteriors’ Sake” (by Marisa Meltzer, 09/17/14), she argues the case for butts even more strongly: “The rear is fast becoming the erogenous zone of choice in America, vying for eminence with breasts, abs, [and] legs….Captivating back-end views of amply endowed personalities have stirred the popular imagination, prompting many women…to chase after gawk-worthy curves of their own.”

Wikipedia also notes that female buttocks (along with breasts) are linked to sexual arousal “across cultures”; and further, that “while female buttocks are often eroticized in heterosexual erotica, men’s buttocks [my emphasis] are considered erogenous by many women, and are also eroticized in gay male circles” [hardly a surprise since so much of gay sexuality centers on anal intercourse].

Historically speaking, the female buttocks have for millennia symbolized both fertility and beauty. In fact, in the artistic portrayal—and sometimes exaggeration—of a woman’s derriere the aesthetic and the erotic would seem to merge. And some of the earliest statues appear to celebrate this most “outstanding” feminine body part. Since then, many artists— to highlight their model’s erotic beauty—have deliberately “posed” them in ways that accentuated their curvaceous behind.

To briefly sum up Wikipedia’s fairly extensive coverage of this most provocative topic: “The buttocks have been considered an erogenous zone in Western thought for centuries, and the eroticization of the female buttocks was heteronormative and due to their association and closeness to the female reproductive organs [even though in another sense] the buttocks are often taboo due to their proximity to the anus and association with the excretory system.” (Seltzer, 2014)


Riya Jadhav



IRIANS – The Neuroscience Institute


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