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New study confirms women believe lies to feel good
Women's Self-Esteem and What Men Want
In a new study, female participants felt better about their bodies when told that men are attracted to plus-sized models.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archiv...nt/384492/

Quote:A recent study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science found that telling women men were attracted to non-stick-thin models increased their body satisfaction.

The researchers, from Southern Methodist University and Florida State University, had undergraduate heterosexual women look at images of plus-sized models (“plus-sized” in model terms—the models in the photos were estimated to be between a size 8 and 10, or “representative of the average female undergraduate,” the study says). In some cases, the width of the pictures was reduced by 30 percent, “to depict the thin-ideal.”

The women were either told that men picked the images because they found them attractive, or just that the images were taken from the media. In one experiment, another control group was told that men prefer thin women.

The participants reported higher satisfaction with their weight when they were told men were attracted to the average-sized models. But body satisfaction when women were told nothing was the same as when they were told men are attracted to ultra-thin women. This didn’t surprise the researchers, though.

“We did not expect women who were led to believe that men desired the ultra-thin women would necessarily feel worse about their bodies than the women who were not given any information,” they write. “The media already makes it clear that men desire ultra-thin women and we believed women told nothing would rely on this perception.”

With that sad conclusion in hand, the researchers tried one more test—telling the participants that other women preferred the average-sized models. That did nothing. The researchers suggest that “what women think men desire” may account for, at least partially, the relationship between the prevalence of super-thin images of women in the media, and poor body satisfaction among women who see those images. “For example, men in the media are more likely to date, provide physical affection to, and/or engage in sexual relations with thinner women compared to larger women,” the study reads. These portrayals may be part of why women tend to overestimate how thin men want them to be.

Reading between the lines a bit, researchers lied to overweight college girls and these girls knew they were being lied to, but they felt better about their fat asses anyway. I think it's better to praise attractive women in no uncertain terms than to fat shame, since many women will just say fuck it and let themselves go totally. Fat shaming should still be part of our arsenal, but not the main part.

Also, I am tired of this terminology of "stick thin" or "ultra thin" being what women say is the male ideal for women. They're basically saying "they want you to be anorexic, so you're right to resist." Excusing their lack of willpower to be a decent size.

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01-14-2015 09:24 PM
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Hate to say it, everyone believes lies to make them feel good.

Look at the biggest lie of all: "Young man: go to school, work hard and get good grades to get a good job. Then you'll find a pretty wife, get married, have a nice family, live comfortably and be happy with a fulfilling life."

Hah! 99% of people still believe that bullshit!

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01-14-2015 10:06 PM
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One of these days, they are going to make a super expensive collider style machine, peak deep into a woman's brain, and turn it on. In the few nanoseconds that the reaction happens, they might catch a glimpse of the elusive hamster, much like the higgs boson.

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01-14-2015 10:31 PM
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(01-14-2015 10:06 PM)monster Wrote:  Hate to say it, everyone believes lies to make them feel good.

Yeah, this isn't really a woman thing. Everyone believes lies to make them feel good. Part of self-improvement is recognizing those lies and discarding them to get the illusions out of the way.

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Women finding a way to blame their problems on men who saw that one coming.
01-14-2015 10:46 PM
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“The media already makes it clear that men desire ultra-thin women"

Um...no, it doesn't. The media tells women that men like ultra thin women, but that's not true. That's not who men jerk off to at night...
Just a cursory look at the most popular porn, proves that it's normal, healthy, fit, women, are what men are attracted to.
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All my friends lie. I hate it.
02-13-2015 06:42 PM
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They needed to complete a study to find this out?
02-13-2015 07:32 PM
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This is kind of mediocre research in the sense that it's not really pinpointing something unique, but kind of looking at underlying psychological processes that humans use to preserve ego. I'm confident men would say the same thing when presented with data similar to this in regards to penis size or muscle mass.

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In other news...
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What does a size 8 to 10 look like?

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(02-13-2015 06:42 PM)Gia DiMarco Wrote:  All my friends lie. I hate it.

   

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(02-13-2015 08:07 PM)Tuthmosis Wrote:  
(02-13-2015 06:42 PM)Gia DiMarco Wrote:  All my friends lie. I hate it.

Dat post to ban ratio.

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(02-13-2015 08:07 PM)Tuthmosis Wrote:  
(02-13-2015 06:42 PM)Gia DiMarco Wrote:  All my friends lie. I hate it.

Seriously. When THAT'S your first post, you deserve to get banned...
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(02-13-2015 07:50 PM)RexImperator Wrote:  What does a size 8 to 10 look like?

Beats me...it's like asking what women in their 50's are like to date...don't know/don't care/don't ever wanna find out...
02-13-2015 08:15 PM
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Quote:control group was told that men prefer thin women

This is all you need to know about the study.

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