Women’s Breasts: Female Insecurity But Male Satisfaction
Dual reality: I hate my breasts (women), I love your breasts (men)
Posted Dec 15, 2013
Heterosexual individuals (men = 25,524; women = 26,703) ranging from 18 to 65 years old took part in the survey that was posted on two websites (MSNBC.com and Elle.com). Numerous measures were collected (e.g., body mass index, age, body exposure concerns, self-rated attractiveness) as these were analyzed in conjunction with a woman’s breast satisfaction. However, I will restrict my focus here on the four-item measure that captured breast satisfaction: Satisfied (“yes, I like everything about them”), Desire Larger (“no, I wish they were bigger”), Desire Smaller (“no, I wish they were smaller”), or Too Droopy (“yes, I’m okay with the size but unhappy they droop”). Here are the relevant results (percentages add up to 100):
Women (regarding their own breasts)
Desire larger breasts 28%
Desire smaller breast 9%
Believe breasts are too droopy 33%
Men (regarding their partners’ breasts)
Desire larger breasts 20%
Desire smaller breast 4%
Believe breasts are too droopy 20%
While 70% of the women were dissatisfied with some aspect of their breasts, a majority of men (56%) were content with their partner’s breasts. So similar to the incongruity exhibited by men and women regarding penis size to which I referred in the opening paragraph, women’s insecurities regarding their breasts are not supported by their men’s views on said parts. Of note, breast augmentation surgery has been the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure since 2006 (American Society of Plastic Surgeons Report, 2012).
Readers interested in other breast-themed articles should visit my earlier posts on the effect of a female hitchhiker’s breast size on the likelihood of her being picked up, as well as the relationship between breast size and tips garnered by waitresses.
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