Monday, May 15, 2006

Callipygian queen   posted by Razib @ 5/15/2006 12:36:00 PM

In a thread below Michael brought up the issue that northern Europeans seem to like breasts and southern Europeans butts (ok, the thread wandered all over the place, but let's take this as the generalization). Normally, I'm skeptical of the long term persistence of cultural traits, but I once read a book on the history of sex where it mentioned that ancient Greek prostitutes padded their asses and paid homage to Aphrodite callipygia, so I'm not going to totally dismiss this.

So, a question

a) anyone know of any studies on this topic in regards to what men prefer? Some of this is obviously culturally mediated, I doubt Chinese men are obsessed with feet anymore, for example.

b) anyone able to tell us about the general preferences of groups like Arabs, browns, southeast Asians, etc.?

c) I know that readers won't be able to help it, but please try and keep the extrapolation from personal preference to a minimum, I'm really not interested in your own likes & dislikes and how you can't imagine how anyone would differ from your rank order of traits :)