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Old 03-28-2009, 01:34 PM
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Idealizing thin women.

On another site we were discussing the transition towards idealizing thin women.

Historically, most art in the west shows a strong favoritism for bigger women. This is true of most western art from before Hellenistic Greece to works by well regarded artists into the 1800s. Even in erotic art there is a strong historic tendency towards bigger as in full-figured or heaver women.

A predominance of illustrating heaver women is also an historic fact for most eastern art, but people of Asian ancestry tend to be smaller in statute.

The transition may have begun about 100 or so years ago. Someone pointed out that this was due in a large part the increase of photography as a medium.

Do you think the change was due to the influence of photography and cinematography or is the result of a recent shift in human aesthetic preferences?

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Old 03-28-2009, 01:37 PM
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Fat used to be a sign of wealth and still is in many cultures.
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Old 03-28-2009, 01:37 PM
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Maybe partly because of health issues. After all, if I hook up with someone that is 5'4 300#, she might have more problems later in life. Years ago, WGAS since they are not likely to have so many geriatric problems because they don't age that much. OTOH, do I want to be taking care of a woman who is obese and problematic?
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Old 03-28-2009, 01:47 PM
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I prefer my women to be slim but with curves but not anorexicly thin or boney. As well as she cannot crush me if she lands on me.
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Old 03-28-2009, 02:41 PM
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It's all in the eye of the beholder
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Old 03-28-2009, 02:45 PM
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Don't forget big boobs. TOO thin is not good either . . . .
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:10 PM
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i perfer well built women, they have to be proportional. thiner in the middle than they are above and below.
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:17 PM
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They need to be able to feed the children and have good childbearing hips.
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Why would photography and cinematography alter the size of women that appeal to men? Did they alter any other size preferences we have?
What percentage of the population actually saw visual images of women on a regular basis prior to the 20th century? Is is a social class issue? Relating it to Howie's point, did working class men prefer thin women because their women were never that well fed and the market for images in the last century has expanded out of the upper classes?
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I idealize thin women.

Never went for the Reubenesque type.
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I like my women like I like my chicken
With a little bit of fat on the ends
Not too much and not too little
Just enough to make me grin

When I see a little woman walkin' down the street
She ain't my type, I need a little more meat
She's skinny, and not my cup of tea

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