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Women long for the classic Barbie figure with big boobs, long blonde hair and blue eyes because it makes men want to impregnate them, an evolutionary psychologist has proclaimed. London School of Economics reader Satoshi Kanazawa has successfully manipulated the more malleable and shameless news outlets into excitedly …


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  1. nickrw

    Glass houses?

    " ... has successfully manipulated the more malleable and shameless news outlets into excitedly regurgitating the provocative theories contained in his book ... "

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Glass houses?


    2. BristolBachelor Gold badge
      Thumb Up


      Yeah, I'd say the reg is pretty shameless. It's actually one of the things that makes it's articles interesting. (also the fact that there are the odd completely crazy articles that makes it possible to survive the day without resporting to violence)

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I spy one teensy problem with this hypothesis

    evolutionarily speaking, skinny flat-chested brunettes with brown eyes should be outcompeted by the curvaceous buxom fair-haired baby-bluers. A hasty sampling of the population I just conducted through the window suggests that this is not the case, which I'm going to use instead as evidence for my own theory that evolutionary psychology is not an overwhelming factor in the behaviour of homo sapiens

    1. Geoff Campbell Silver badge

      Blonde hair and blue eyes are recessive genes

      This keeps them relatively rare in the gene pool.


      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        This one is old as the world. The attractiveness of the "different". The reason why a hawk will invariably attack a white pidgeon in a flock of black and vice versa.

        The level of "Pavlov's dog" response to Barbie dolls is inversely proportional to the distance from the tropics. What will make everyone turn around and look on a street in Naples will be barely noticed walking down the street of Stockholm or Helsinki and vice versa.

      2. Geoff Campbell Silver badge


        Downvoted for a simple statement of fact? C'mon, if you want to be blonde that badly, there's stuff in bottles you can buy....


    2. J 3
      Paris Hilton


      A recent(ish) study concluded that the genes for blondness are only 7 thousand years old or so (or was it 11, I can't remember for sure, but it was something quite recent like that). If that is correct, or at least close, then it would be no surprise that the blonds haven't taken over yet -- these things take time (in generations, more than in years, mind).

      All that considering the theories of the evo-psycho have any merit, of course. Which they probably don't, since it's pretty obvious (by seeing those prehistoric statuettes of grotesquely obese women as presumably symbols of fertility) that beauty standards are hardly stable.

      Obvious choice for an icon, really.

    3. Mike Flugennock
      IT Angle

      Good point...

      (DISCLAIMER: My points here are entirely theoretical, as I'm already married to a nice, ample, "healthy" blonde)

      While I find blonde hair and blue eyes attractive in an aesthetic sense, the lack of same isn't necessarily a deal-breaker for me. What _is_ a deal-breaker is a body that makes me hesitant to jump on a woman's bones for fear of breaking them all.

      I won't speak for all the guys here, but breasts, hips, asses, thighs and curves are important to me; it's what makes a woman's body sensual and graceful. Mind you, I wouldn't necessarily pass on a woman who didn't have _all_ of the above, but I _do_ generally prefer a woman who doesn't look like she just escaped from Dachau.

      I feel sorry for the last two or three generations of American guys who've been brought up to believe that a woman who weighs more than a hundred pounds soaking wet is a "fat chick". I blame Hollywood, and the fashion industry.

      I also think that these days, blondes are overrated, their "value" inflated owing to the fact that the state of the art in cosmetics now allows pretty much any woman to become a classic California Blonde. Besides -- just between you and me, guys -- I've always thought that redheads were waa-aaay hotter... and by this, of course, I mean a _natural_ redhead, like an Irish redhead, not flourescent-painted "punk rock" red.

      (I'm sorry... IT Angle? Well, let's see... a lady named Sarah Bee moderates these comments in this very same IT rag, and I've seen her in the fotos posted here of the big Reg staff get-together a year or two ago, and if I weren't married I'd totally ask her out. OK, granted, a weak IT angle, but an IT angle nonetheless.)

    4. Ammaross Danan


      Ever consider that the "strongest, and most fit males that have the male-equivalent evolutionary 'ideal' traits to attract women" are those ones that get those buxom blondes? The rest of us "normal" folk have to resort to those "more average" brown-haired, flat-chested types (or any "lesser" variation thereof).

      1. Mr Grumblefish


        You mean I'll have to make do with Keira. Heartbroken!

  3. Blofeld's Cat
    Paris Hilton

    A ray of hope.

    As one of the "fugly" and "bumping-along-the-bottom unappealingness" types, I can only draw the author's attention to what I think of as the Merton effect:

    "So what first attracted you to the multimillionaire Paul Daniels?"

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    cart before horse?

    But, do women actually *want* to look like MM, or is it just (some*) men who want them to? While there are several postulates here, they don't appear to add up to the headline claim.

    Of course, just because we're genetically predisposed to a certain form of behaviour, that doesn't make it right. That's what (allegedly) makes us human.

    * I liked her in Some Like It Hot.

    (Anon 'cos I should be working, but I'm watching the snow & reading El Reg instead)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Steady now

      Postulation can lead a girl into drugs and sex slavery.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Science is wrong...

    there's plenty of pregnant chavettes in this city...

    1. Trygve


      One of the many, many problems with this bloke's theories is his failure to account for the 'any hole's a goal' types who would cheerfully shag a labrador if nothing else was available.

      If anything, humanity is more likely to degenerate to something that resembling flabby neanderthals with hypertrophied eyes from staring at daytime TV.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Something women have trouble getting their head around

    Quite a lot of blokes don't actually like big tits. Ask around, you'd be surprised.

    As for eye colour, it doesn't matter a damn.

    A smile wins every time.

    1. Dave Murray

      there was a title here but it left

      Yeah but they're all secretly gay.

    2. Anonymous Coward


      Whilst not averse to the larger bosom, a nice rounded bum, proper hips and shapely legs attract me the most (plus nice face too obviously) . As the great Spinal Tap said 'The bigger the cushion...'.

      Mind you having only ever been with shapely legged, rounded bummed ladies with proper hips I've never managed to bag one with large lady bumps as well so I've no idea whether I've missed out or not. I'd like to find out but I think the wife would disapprove.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        You have missed out .....

        It is just not possible for them to be too big.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        There's more to life than big breasts

        Even though I'm especially keen on a decent handfull of bosom, you're not necessarily missing out. What looks good in clothes does not necessarily mean more fun in bed, and neither does age seem to make that much difference.

        In short, personality and knowing how best to use what you've got still rules. The women I've dated have had lots of different body shapes, and I wouldn't rule out any out of hand.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Mate, you work in IT...

          ...nobody's buying this "women I've dated" line.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            There's always one, isn't there?

            In my experence whilst working in IT is a disadvantage to dating, but there's other factors that are far more common reasons of being turned down (which are none of your business, but being very averse to ever having children is a particularly notable one). Certainly I've never been involved with someone and then split up because I was into computers.

            1. Anonymous Coward

              Why is it

              I have this image of Sarah reading this thread like the woman in Dilbert - "Must restrain fist of death...."


              1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

                Re: Why is it

                Not especially. You're all so predictable. And no one's being particularly offensive. It's just another day at the office...

        2. Veldan

          Less is more

          As my father used to say "Anything more than a handful or mouthful is a waste".

          Personally, i've had girls with all different sizes from A to G.

          The smaller ones honestly feel and look better, more shapely, less stretched.

          That's my two cents :P

          Beer- because it usually leads to seeing a few.

          1. Wize

            "The smaller ones honestly feel and look better, more shapely, less stretched."

            But you can't go motorboating in A's...

            A nice smile and a dirty laugh beats any body shape.

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward


              But the larger ones float better in a hot tub, or Jacuzzi.

              > A nice smile and a dirty laugh beats any body shape.

              Totally lol.

    3. thecakeis(not)alie


      No more than a handful, please. I dinnae care what colour their eyes are, only that every now and again they light up with a smile. I prefer a lady not for her looks…but for the twin facts that she can a) put up with my constant rambling and b) likes to cuddle. I’ve done the whole “super-sexy-but-stupidly-overworked-and-never-sits-down-for-a-second” thing. “Frenetic” is not for me. I’ve done the “super-sexy-but-constantly-depressed” as well as the “super-sexy-but-hates-cuddling-with-anyone” thing.

      I gots me a lady now who enjoys nothing more than curling up on the couch to watch Battlestar Gallactica followed by several hours of debating every topic in existence at such lengths as to make internet nerdrage threads look tame.

      Who cares what she looks like; that lady’s for me!*

  7. Anonymous Coward

    In other news...

    Ursine defecation in deciduous-based ecosystem.

    The dominatrix obviously feels the need to rejects lots of comments...this wee article will keep her busy for a while.

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: In other news...

      If you're referring to me, dear, I wrote the thing. So I'm braced for whatever you may have to say.

  8. Schultz

    Mind and Body

    Let me summarize:

    The male population gets uglier and smarter by the generation, witness the successful procreation of genius masterminds like Gates.

    The female population turns increasingly babelicious, dropping the occasional brain cell along the way (your words, not mine!).

    So on average the gene pool should be stable, until the masterminds discover cloning and thereby make the female gender obsolete! Or maybe they discover cloning and create an army of über-babes? Gotta think that through...

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Mind and Body

      Er, whose words?

  9. Peter Kay

    Sometimes getting the low hanging fruit is fun

    'Women long for the classic Barbie figure with big boobs, long blonde

    hair and blue eyes'

    Doesn't sound like a problem to me - can't be more than about twenty quid from Toys 'R Us, surely ;)

    Barbie isn't my idea of an sexy woman, and I'm not sure what evolution would say about the unnatural hair colours of several of my partners.

  10. Kubla Cant

    Thos confounded ratios

    "Big boobs are supposedly indicative of fertility, along with a large waist-to-hip ratio."

    A large waist-to-hip ratio is indicative of fertility in the sense that it suggests that the woman in question is pregnant.

    Even so, I think most men would go for a large hip-to-waist ratio, or a small waist-to-hip ratio.

    1. Paul Crawford Silver badge


      Either way of putting it (fnarrr), it is the waist to hip ratio, and I seem to remember reading that around 0.7 (i.e. the 'hourglass' figure) was both most attractive to men, and also good for child bearing.

      The latter being a good evolutionary reason for men linking it. Or more precisely, the reason that men who like curvy hips tended to have partners who had children successfully in pre-successful Caesarean operation days, who presumably inherited the tendency to also like it.

      The good news for women is it is not the size of your bum that matters, but the proportion. And ignore the women's fashion magazines, who are not actually targeting men.

      Wait a minute, why am I bothering? this is an IT site!

  11. Charlie Clark Silver badge

    Marilyn Monroe wasn't blonde

    Well, not naturally anyway. But even as a blonde she was nothing like Barbie.

    Sarah, I think you've hit the nail on the head: the guy is very good at getting his post-pub philosophising well publicised. There are so many things that you can take apart:

    * sex and, therefore, libido is not just about procreation. Largely about making babies, yes, but not entirely. Building trust is also important.

    * smut films aren't made with real people

    * I've read elsewhere but please don't ask for the citation that it's the women who choose their men and their preference changes over the cycle

    * long legs and big "boobs" (why the female preference for the synonym for mistakes?) don't generally go together. So it's kind of difficult to idealise both Marilyn and Barbie. Personally I do find the images of Marilyn Monroe jaw-droppingly attractive and Barbie rather asexual. I've read somewhere that Barbie's appeal is related to her as role model - powerful woman. BTIYW

    * what women think men find attractive and what men think is attractive are often very different things. We don't notice haircuts, jewellery, the myriad shades of pink and especially not shoes. Personality does count a bit.

    * at the end of a long night it's any port in a storn, innit

    But, at the end of the day, I'd like to being paid to do this kind of research. More fun than web 2.0!

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Marilyn Monroe wasn't blonde

      I think the idea is that you don't have to be *naturally* blonde - it's just the colour that suggests youthfulness.

      But yeah, of course you can pick all this stuff apart, we're not such simple creatures. Well, mostly.

      Boobs is a good word. Others are either coy, clinical or bordering on offensive in many contexts.

      I think we should popularise 'Ingrids' as a term now, in honour of recently deceased horror actress Ingrid Pitt.

      1. Asiren


        Don't think it's that offensive, not coy, and definitely not clinical.

      2. Anonymous Coward

        i prefer the term


      3. Richard IV


        Unfortunately, the first Ingrid I think of is Bergman.Still phwoar, but not, erm, overly gifted on the bosom front. Not that that matters, but it somewhat spoils the link.

      4. Steve X
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        But then if I admitted that I liked Little Ingrids, I'd get locked up...

      5. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Where would you like me to post him to?

        That is the first I've heard that that delicious pair have gone to meet their honker. That is sad news!

        Meanwhile, while the Monroe type - but with a bit more on top, ideally, and not in her 90's when she does gather her shit together for one last final farewell from beyond the long cold grave, will distract me so much it's all I can do to stay alive - even if it is just someone vaguely reminiscent of Marilyn and not, say,,%20Marilyn/Annex/Annex%20-%20Monroe,%20Marilyn%20%28Some%20Like%20it%20Hot%29_06.jpg - the real aphrodisiac for me is a sharp intellect and equivalent sense of humor. Not to the point that I could do it with another guy, I grant, or a ginner - but anyway at least you can see that being turned on by the deep stuff rather than the shallow is something I resisted for as long as I was able! Am I an aberation or what?

    2. Jan 0 Silver badge
      Paris Hilton


      "long legs and big "boobs" (why the female preference for the synonym for mistakes?)"

      Back in the eighties I remember hearing that this was a succesfull piece of feminist agit prop perpetrated in the '70s. Hard to imagine nowadays when people say 'my bad' tater than 'I boobed'.

      Paris, cos she did.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "long legs and big "boobs" ... don't generally go together."

      I have a friend with both. She does have to fight them off with a shitty stick.

      1. Anonymous Coward


        I think you mean a shinty stick'

  12. Ken 16 Silver badge

    Gates was driven? make the most of his abilities earlier in his life, when it would get him laid, and having successfully made a family and conquered the universe, the impetus was no longer there.

    More likely he only got laid when he learned to relax and stop worrying about operating systems.

  13. Jim 59


    According to that logic, women should be getting constantly more blonde/beautiful, and must have been doing so for centuries. By 2010, we should be walking with angels. Not so. Kanazawa is a daft 'apeth, and to reach register "boffin" status, will will have to up his game beyond the perusal of sweaty and much-surfed internet pages.

    1. Ken Hagan Gold badge


      This is pretty low grade boffinry. In most parts of the world there just are no blondes, blue-eyed or otherwise. The idea that the human species could have evolved to favour genes that aren't in the pool of most populations (including the ancestral East African one where the first million years of our evolution happened) is, um, let's see if I can be nice about this, um ... total bollocks?

  14. Juan Inamillion


    Going back a lot of years (ahem) to Biology and Zoology days at school, we were taught that brown hair and brown eyes were the dominant (ooer, missus!) gene...

    @A ray of hope: You sir, owe me a new keyboard...

  15. pete23

    Oh dear.

    Based on the crop of stories - complete with subsubeditor taglines of excruciating excrebility - awaiting me after lunch, did you have your 1 December drinks today?

  16. Lars Silver badge


    That there are so many Chinese.

    1. Hollerith 1

      That's rather the point

      There's no suggestion int he article that the research is based on cultural norms. Men react to female types of beauty they have been trained from birth to desire more, and in the western world, with its global dominance, that apparently means the big-breated blonde barbie type.

      But humanity evolved in Africa and the blonde type appears to have evolved in, roughly, northern Russia/Asia, then migrated west to northern Europe and hid away there in closer climes, while the rest of humanity, in many shades of brown, and in many body shapes, enveloped the rest of the world. In no time, from (say) the last Ice Age until the 1800, were the blonde whites in predominance in anywhere but their original habitat. So the data this research has produced is easily confuted. It cannot have been a factor in humanity's long evolutionary history. It is clearly absurd. Men could not and would not have developed a yen for anything other than the desirable, most-fertile, female types of their particular catchment area.

      In the rest of the animal population, males develop and compete for female attention. Thus the males get more gorgeous (think peacocks) while the females can stay safely (inconspicuously) drab. Homo sapiens, by their reason and strong social conditioning, seem to have replaced this pattern with a male-dominated selection process, where the females compete for males. But, when push comes to shove (erm...), it is women who choose to copulate. Once the modern busty blonde has the men lining up for her, she chooses the lucky fella.

      So... where are the tests that show what women select for, or have selected for, through human history? Based on film, celebs, etc., they like doe-eyed, cute men who are strong-yet-tender. Has this always been true? It seems that beards had a sexual-health function, as do, say, pheasant tails or moose antlers. Funny how researchers never seem to test the population. I guess that would mean thinking outside the cultural conditioning box, i.e. the idea that women hunt men and men have always liked what men like now.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        That's rather the point

        "Men react to female types of beauty they have been trained from birth to desire more"

        Speak for yourself.

        For me, nothing could be further from the truth. Attraction to particular women is primordial and spontaneous, not scripted.

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  17. despicable me
    Paris Hilton

    That's a relief

    From the title I thought it was going to be yet another Julian Assange story.

  18. Heff

    <3 Miss Bee.

    Its a nice thought, thats some form of natural selection goes on with humans.

    Its nice that he thinks its got something to do with physical attributes and not "women who cant count to 31 have more kids" and "men with poor cause-and-effect processing" have more kids. Dumb people breed more. poor people breed more because poor and dumb goes hand in hand.

    @ Charlie

    * smut films aren't made with real people

    -the smut I watch is. porn stars are funny-lookin.

    * I've read elsewhere but please don't ask for the citation that it's the women who choose their men and their preference changes over the cycle

    -true, but you cant keep a chick unless you can appeal to them for the majority of the 4-week rollercoaster unless you found one with acute short term memory loss.

    * what women think men find attractive and what men think is attractive are often very different things. We don't notice haircuts, jewellery, the myriad shades of pink and especially not shoes. Personality does count a bit.

    I notice. If you cant dress yourself and look like you were made over by a retarded clown, Im not interested, no matter how stereotypically hot you may be in other areas; persnal appearance is a chance for me to gauge how in touch with reality you are (fitting into a size 6 and being a size 6 are not the same things) whether or not you're colourblind (nice green and purple eyeshadow, there) and whether you have compatible sense of aesthetics : If Im going to be sharing kids and a home with you, you better not be trying to rock lime-green slingbacks encrusted with pink rhinestones. I'm not saying you have to look like a cover girl, Im not even trying to suggest that aiming for that 'would be nice', but to say that guys dont notice when women make an effort is pretty disingenuous.

    we all want a nice woman with a warm hands and a good heart! we dont care what she looks like! YMMV, but I prefer a woman who can dress herself, doesnt look or act like a spaz, and when all other non-physical 'needs' are ticked off the list Im going for the hottest woman I can find 'in my bracket', and so far the girls Ive talked to about this do the same.

  19. Triggerfish


    A friend of mine always refers to hers as babylons, dunno why but can't help but like the name.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    personal tastes

    Give me a brunette any day, preferably with some curves. Boobs anywhere from small and cute to generous but certainly not massive.

    It sounds cheesy but to me personality really is way more important, and a smile would melt me faster than any boobs ever could. Given I'm a bisexual man the same goes for a man and his behind as with boobs.

    AC because most of the world still seems to think bisexual men are weird even though bisexual women are (if not attention hogging) sexy.

  21. OldDogNewWalk
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    Sarah... You are FAB

  22. KrisMac

    ...the 'age-genius curve' dictates that...

    ...Albert Eienstein was either the wrinkliest young man in town or he was banging anything that moved till the day he died....

    That means there must be at least another 30 years or so left for me to get smart and get laid by bevvies of Marylin's.... ho hum, no rush...

    1. SirTainleyBarking

      Albert had a twinkle in his eye all right

      Bit of a player by some accounts out there

  23. Bluenose
    Paris Hilton

    If he is right...

    then most women seek a body that has not means of reproduction (unless they do a fully functional Barbie or is that just those funny shops with dark windows in Soho??) seems incredible to me.

    As to the rest of his statements, considering the number of dodgy looking women on all those morning tv shows (dad doesn't believe he fathered my empteenth child) I think he is barking. Consider the number of children that Paris has (0 unless you count the dog(s)) versus my wife (who is attractive to me but may not meet the great doctor's demands for the perfect woman) with 2 kids and his theory starts to fall apart.

    Me thinks that not being a real genius the good doc is simply trying to get laid by some attractive long legged and well stacked blonde student (with no reproductive parts).

  24. Robert Moore
    Paris Hilton


    I find it interesting that Marilyn Monroe, is frequently pointed out as the standard of feminine beauty, and I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone who wouldn't place her among the most beautiful women to have ever lived.

    But by today's standards she is fat, and would never have had any kind of movie career.

    (For the record, I put Marilyn Monroe as the second most beautiful woman to have ever lived.)

    (Paris doesn't place.)

    1. Peter Kay

      Urban myth - dress sizes change over time

      Marilyn wasn't fat by modern standards - it's an urban myth. She may or may not have been a size 16, but a size 16 in 1950 is not the same as a size 16 in 2010. A quick google will tell you that she had a small frame with large breasts.

      In any case, size 16 is now the average dress size in the UK and if you have big boobs it's usually necessary to go up a dress size to fit them in.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        A US size 16 isn't the same as a UK size 16 anyway, it's a UK 18, i.e. fat in the UK is normal in the US...

  25. Darryl

    Title goes here

    Does this mean that the emaciated stick-figure look that all of the models and most of the actresses are sporting these days will go away soon? They have no boobs or hips, and look sickly, so then not good procreating material, right?

  26. Anonymous Coward

    It's extraordinary the number of people objecting

    to the article they've always wanted to read.

    I for one welcome, yours and so forth, etc., etc.

  27. AJ MacLeod

    Who pays these guys actual money?

    Ah yes, "Evolutionary Psychologist"... either of those two words alerts the reader that what follows will be a pile of completely unscientific twaddle. Which certainly was the case here...

  28. Anonymous Coward

    So still no word on the moustash then?

    This type gets a +1 from me:

  29. P. Lee
    Paris Hilton

    Barbie's appeal is in her long legs

    which you can hold while wacking your elder sister with the upper torso and head.

    Research sample consists of two daughters.

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    So, this bloke

    has had probably millions of somekind of currency for him to work out that I like blondes with massive jubblies and blue eyes!!

    Fuck me, i could have saved him millions...

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Dark eyed brunettes are far more appealing...

  32. Elmer Phud

    That'll please the EDL

    Is this the proof the neo-Nazis need to pronounce the Aryan Race (whatever the fuck that is) is the Real Thing?

    But this is not exactly new stuff from the Nipponese Nutter.

    I can only assume that Kanazawa woke up in Basildon sometime and thought he'd gone to Valhalla.

    Can we have a 'huge load of bollocks' icon, please.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Basildon = Valhalla?

      He'd be surrounded by Essex girls - what would he talk about?

  33. AlistairJ

    I for one ...

    Would welcome some stereotypical Hefner-style lady action, but all I seem to get is pleasantly chubby brunettes. Sigh.

    Sarah, are you fixed up in the man dept?

    And are you naturally, or otherwise, blonde?

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Wrong Icon...

      methinks Sarah will wish you had chosen this one...

    2. Anonymous Coward


      Yeah, to stick with, what you are used to...

  34. Doug Glass

    An Inconvenient Truth

    Males like to screw....period. And if you think that involves only beautiful men and women then you've never been to Wal-Mart.

  35. Vaidotas Zemlys

    Bad statistics?

    Is this the same Kanazawa, Andrew Gelman (famous Bayesian statistician) discredited, because his results where in fact statistically insignificant?

  36. Equitas
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    What about digit ratio?

    Lots there to think about, Sarah, but about the only thing that's right is that women with big breasts tend to have slightly higher fertility and to produce a significantly greater proportion of female.

    A lot of it goes back to the extent of exposure to testosterone in the first three months of foetal life. Females who are exposed to higher levels of testosterone in early foetal life tend to be generally more masculine, have smaller breasts, are more sensitised to respond to any testosterone exposure they may have in later life and are more likely to produce higher levels of testosterone in later life, and, to put it simply, have hair growth a bit more like that of males. They also tend, on average, to produce fewer children and a preponderance of males.

    All of which has been known for millennia, which is why, although wedding rings are worn on different hands in different countries, it's on the fourth finger they're consistently worn. Why? Because the relative length of that finger, as compared to the index finger, has long been known to indicate various things about reproductive probabilities in both men and women. That relative length is determined by exposure to testosterone during the first three months of foetal life. The longer the fourth finger relative to the index finger, the higher was the exposure to testosterone during that period.

    So if you're looking for a wife who is likely to be able to produce sons and who is likely to approach male levels of randiness, then go for a woman whose ring fingers are longer than her index fingers. She may well, of course, be flat-chested and have a heavy moustache. If you're looking for a woman who's likely to produce a preponderance of daughters, go for the busty one with short ring fingers but long index fingers.

    Dumb, busty blondes tend to be pursued by males who, although they may be sharp enough in some very restricted areas of intellectual activity. aren't perhaps all that wonderfully bright themselves in some areas of life.

    Streetwise males have known for centuries that flat-chested girls who can grow a moustache often have far more going for them than some people realise.

    1. Michael Dunn


      Just a minute there. Isn't the sex of the child(ren) determined by the male's contribution to the set of chromosomes? How would it be that such and such a woman is liable to produce male/female kids? Just don't get it.

      1. Equitas
        Paris Hilton

        It's a little more complicated ...

        in that there are other factors come into the equation.

        For a start, the pH of the vagina is a relevant factor in influencing which sperm actually make it through that dangerous area and the pH balance of the vagina varies with the testosterone:estrogen balance of the female.

        And recent research indicates that females with high testosterone levels produce ova which have an outer layer more readily penetrated by the vital Y bearers rather than by X bearers.

        There's more to this than meets the eye.

        Paris -- because even she knows there's more to gender than meets the eye.

  37. Eddy Ito


    Barbie is freakishly scary. If made to scale, she might be able to stand with skis and gravity would easily ruin the fun after a few short years. I hate to say it but boobs are over rated, give me a girl with great gams that go all the way up and make a fine arse out of themselves any day.

  38. Ball boy Silver badge

    Article quote: 'But more research is needed, clearly'

    I can't believe no one has picked up on this yet: if there's research to be done in this area, well, ahem...may I respectfully offer up my services? fnarr, fnarr and all that.

    Okay, shall we agree we sum up his life's work with the pithy statement 'Gentlemen prefer blondes'? Now, I'm positive I've heard that phrase well before I heard of him but full marks to him for getting column inches out of rehashing it.

    I've got some ideas for his next 'discoveries': Bears have been known to defecate in forested regions & the Pope's reasonably sure he's into Catholicism!

  39. Mike Flugennock
    Paris Hilton

    Putting aside the usual jokes for a moment...

    (DISCLAIMER 01: I'm a professional designer and illustrator who attended art school for four years, and spent upwards of four hours a day drawing and painting naked chicks.)

    (DISCLAIMER 02: I've been married for nearly twenty years to a healthy, zaftig, Rubenesque blonde woman with an ample chest and wide waist-to-hip ratio.)

    All the usual leering, sarcastic jokes and comments about sensationalistic reporting aside, consider some prime examples from the history of art and sculpture. Take first the "Venus Of Willendorf", an early prehistoric sculptured ritual figure. While her body is in no way "babealicious", she exhibits many traits -- large breasts, hips and abdomen -- which are carried down through history as an indication of being fertile and bountiful, and therefore desirable, and internalized in most cultures as a standard for feminine beauty.

    Check out the female figures in Classical Greek and Roman sculpture, especially the famous Nike Of Samothrace:

    Despite her head and arms being broken off by invading Christians, this figure is pure hotness. Even taking into account the larger-than-life scale, she's obviously a big, healthy, babealicious gal with plenty of hips and curves, a far cry from your modern malnourished runway model.

    Consider also most of your female figures in Renaissance and nineteenth-century French painting; again, they're all very large and "healthy" women with full breasts, sensually swelling bellies, great round hips and large thighs... and, by this point in the history of art, are often also babealicious as well.

    Paris, because she epitomizes your modern, emaciated bag-of-bones standard for "beauty".

    1. Templar


      Historically, thin people were poor, they couldn't afford the amount of food to make you socially over weight, hence there were a lot of thin people.

      Painting is a job, the rich generally had extra money to get their pictures done, therefore you will see an good amount of paintings with generally large richer ladies on.

      Larger ladies were rare and as well as rich, so large ladies were considered beautiful. Times have changed and the thin girls are now rare.

      Girls generally get dolled up, not for pulling blokes, but trying to out do other girls when they are out. Its a shame that most of these didn't get trained in applying makeup and slapping it on with a paintball gun doesn't make you look any better.

  40. The Fuzzy Wotnot

    Well blow me down!

    Sounds like an excuse for some sad researcher to hang around bars with beautful women he would otherwise have not chance with, all in the name of some research that, let's face it, is pretty bloody obvious!

    Men like beautiful, busty beauty's! Well pass the smelling salts, I think I might faint from the shock of that revelation!

  41. Bill Gould
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    Maybe he can explain

    Why I prefer red headed ladies with smaller boobs and green eyes?

    Perhaps I'm the exception that proves the rule.

    1. Michael Dunn

      I Thigateres tou Alexandrou

      You just like the exotic!

  42. Orv Silver badge

    Isn't it interesting... it's always strictly Western ideas of beauty that are claimed to be due to innate evolutionary pressures?

  43. tim-e


    > Gates was driven to make the most of his abilities earlier in his life, when it would get him laid, and having successfully made a family and conquered the universe, the impetus was no longer there.

    Where does this place Larry Ellison?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      The 'also ran' who is just desperately trying to catch up lol.

  44. heyrick Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Perhaps Satoshi Kanazawa should look at his own country's offerings?

    [assuming he is from where his name would imply!]

    I bit young for me <cry> but I could fall for somebody that looked like that. On the other hand, the procession of blondes, the Parises, the Eleniaks, and such that grace the cack on TV... no interest. So either I'm a TrueGeek hardwired to appreciate brown-haired slanty-eyes girls, or that report bounces off the typical traditional stereotype and misses the fact that beauty is a highly subjective thing (ie most "supermodels" := fugly (IMHO)).

    Paris icon, out of pity, mostly...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      omg you shouldn't have posted that url - drool drool.

      Black hair, (dark) brown eyes, somewhat petite figures but most of all the voices just to hear Japanese, Mandarin, Thai, Vietnamese - the languages of paradise when spoken by gentle female voices. Of course, it helps when you understand what they're saying!

  45. Anonymous Coward

    The problem is,

    "Women long for the classic Barbie figure with big boobs, long blonde hair and blue eyes because it makes men want to impregnate them, an evolutionary psychologist has proclaimed."

    is a pretty stupid and pointless statement.

    Women may want to look like MM, and maybe not (looking at the number of painfully stick-thin celebs in the media and the growing cult of girls and women who want to look like them I suspect the evolutionary pshchologist is talking bollocks) but that has nothing to do with being impregnated.

    Straight / bisexual men want to have sex with women. I am pretty sure any fertile women could get impregnated pretty damn quickly if she is not bothered about who is doing the impregnating.

    If the pshycologist wants to claim that women want to look like MM so that they can get impregnated by their ideal man, who will then stick around to support her and their family then there may be something in it, but in the [paraphrased] words of Reverend Chris Rock:

    "'Cause every woman since they were like 13 every guy you met has been trying to fuck you. That's right. Women are offered dick every day. Every woman in here … gets offered dick at least three times a day. That's right, every time a man's being nice to you … all he's doing is offering dick. That's all it is. "Can I get that for you? – How about some dick?" "Could I help you with that? – Could I help you to some dick?" "

  46. Wrenchy


    Blonde, brunette, redhead, Asian, Caucasian, Black, mixed...

    I'd still fuck her if she's cute.

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Whatever...

      I think it's self-evident that most men would probably do most types of women. There's no suggestion that men *only* go for blue-eyed busty blondes. It's just saying that there may be evolutionary advantages to being blue-eyed and blonde and busty.

      I think most people have preferred types but there are some attributes that work on the reptile brain stem of pretty much everyone. Busty women are everyone's type, ultimately, on a very base and primitive level.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        is the prerogative of the woman.

  47. Antoine Dubuc

    500 years ago

    T'was the fat lady that got men drooling. She was rich obviously and a thus a sign of beauty and desire in these days. Today, we're all fat so its the opposite!

  48. Anonymous Coward
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    Can the Register please include the author's name in headline links

    "London School of Economics reader Satoshi Kanazawa has successfully manipulated the more malleable and shameless news outlets into excitedly regurgitating the provocative theories contained in his book"

    Yes, the Author fell for it too, I met a bloke in the pub who said that all women get turned on by goats, but only the good looking goats, thereby attaining the same credibility as Mr. Kanazawa.

    Maybe the author would like to interview him for his valued opinion? If so he may be contacted via

    Mr. S Caper

    The Cock and Bull Inn

    Main Street

    The Village

    Middle of Nowhere

  49. Ben M


    I was expecting him to be referred to as a "trick cyclist"

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Psychologist?

      Psychiatrists are 'trick-cyclists'. But also psychologists, according to Lewis who decrees these things.

  50. Mark Morgan

    Who profits?

    What we need to know is who paid him for this 'science' fluff piece. With an article like this from a rent-a-scientist you'll probably find it was Mattel or some dating website.


  51. Gerry Doyle 1
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    The only important thing...

    In the end the only important thing about diddies and hair is who it's attached to.

  52. g e

    I read that...

    Blonde hair is an indicator of high levels of oestrogen in a woman, thereby 'displaying' that she is more fertile than non-blondes, so is a genetic sign post for breedy stuff

  53. Anonymous Coward
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    Breaking news

    Elsewhere in this ver publication, 'Computer Geek Girl Barbie' is now on sale.

  54. Rex Alfie Lee
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    As long as...

    ...the eyebrows move slightly & the boobs wobble a little bcoz the other end of the bootie is an untouchable dream illusion that once seen close up is unwanted...

  55. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    because it makes men want to impregnate them

    Yeah.. good luck finding a woman that wants to be impregnated, let alone go for a drink without strings attached....

    Typical "academic" research: finding out stuff that means fuckall to people with brains.

  56. Alex, Leeds
    Paris Hilton

    Yes, but

    ...surely this would lead to a divergence of beauties and beasts as hotties get together to produce more hotties and beasts get together to produce devil children. The human race will then be split into two halves and will never become one!

    Paris, I guess she's a beauty... although I'm unsure which half of the race would rule?

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