TO CRO-MAGNON DAYS
The male brain is designed to be more
visually responsive to sexual stimuli than
the female brain is. Male arousal itself
relies on two structures located in the
subcortex: the amygdala and the hypothalamus. These are tiny structures that
operate without our conscious awareness.
The amygdala is responsible for emotional
responses. The hypothalamus is the engine of sexual arousal. In studies in which
both men and women viewed pornography,
the amygdala and the hypothalamus were
activated more strongly in men. What you
may have long suspected is true: Men’s
brains are designed to objectify females.
This objectification of women extends
deep into the mists of prehistory. The
famous 26,000-year-old Venus of Willendorf statuette, hand-carved by a Cro-Magnon in Paleolithic Germany, features
GG-cup breasts and a hippopotamal butt,
but no face. The 40,000-year-old Venus
of Hohle Fels boasts even more prodigious
hips and mammaries—and titanic labia.
Silvio Berlusconi, alleged wabbit hunter.
THE LUST OF ELMER FUDD...
Solitary, quick to arouse, goal-targeted,
driven to hunt...and a little foolish. In other
words, the male brain’s desire software
is like Elmer Fudd. Fudd, the comic foil of
Bugs Bunny in the Looney Tunes cartoons,
is always on the hunt for a specific target:
rabbits. Or as he says it, wabbits. Fudd is
a solitary hunter. He is trigger-happy. The
moment he sees a wabbit—or thinks he
sees a wabbit—he squeezes the trigger.
Fudd is easily fooled by ducks dressed
up as rabbits and other tricks played on
him by Bugs Bunny. But even when Fudd
shoots at a phony rabbit, he never gets
discouraged. He reloads and gets back
Like youth, a woman’s body size appears to be an innate trigger of
male arousal. Adjectives describing body size (such as chubby and
thin) are the third-most-frequent category of adjectives appearing
in Dogpile searches. Most of these searches are not seeking the
slender bodies of cover models. For every search for a “skinny”
girl, there are almost three searches for a “fat” girl. On the Web,
many men are fans of BBW, which stands for Big, Beautiful Women.
On the Alexa list, there are more than 504 adult sites explicitly
dedicated to heavy ladies, and only 182 explicitly dedicated to
skinny ones. The women on adult BBW sites have very large and
round breasts, large and curvy hips, and large and round butts.
Indeed, the overall impression is one of supersize visual cues of
femininity. [Although the majority of women in mainstream porn
are skinnier than average, toothpick-thin women are a rarity.]
Many sex scientists believe that women’s waist-to-hip ratios
are a visual cue for men. Some research suggests that men
around the world find a specific waist-to-hip ratio (0.7) to be most
arousing. Even a particular part of the male brain associated with
reward processing, the anterior cingulate gyrus, appears to be
activated when a man views an ideal waist-to-hip ratio. However,
hips and waist themselves rarely appear in sexual searches. If men
prefer a low waist-to-hip ratio, this may be one reason why some
men prefer heavy women, since many of the models featured in
BBW porn have a low ratio due to their excessive hip size.
Large breasts are also extraordinarily popular in Internet porn,
dominating images, stories, videos, and most international variations of animated erotica. Breasts, no matter what size, are the
most popular body part in sexual searches in every country we
looked at, including the United States, Russia, India, Germany,
Japan, and Saudi Arabia.
WHEN NOBODY IS WATCHING, BIG IS BEAUTIFUL
Women Body Mass Index Weight in Pounds Paris Hilton 16 115 ( 52 kg) Angelina Jolie 17. 9 120 ( 55 kg) European Porn Actresses 18. 4 115 ( 52 kg) Healthy Women 18. 5–24. 9 American Porn Actresses 18. 8 115 ( 52 kg) Average American Women (ages 20–29) 26. 8 156 ( 71 kg)