Staring at Breasts Is Good For Men’s Health? And Women’s?
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Staring at women’s breasts is good for men’s health and increases their life
expectancy. According to Dr. Karen Weatherby, a gerontologist and author of the
study, gawking at women’s breasts is a healthy practice, almost at par with an intense exercise regime, that prolongs the lifespan of a man by five years. She added, “Just 10 minutes of staring at the charms of a well-endowed female, is roughly equivalent to a 30-minute aerobics work-out.”
Sorry fellas, Snopes says this “study” is a hoax.
A male friend of mine sent me this article. He thought it was hilarious. I
wondered how staring at breasts affected the men’s wives’ and girlfriends’
health. Or how men’s health would be affected by their responses?
Really, how do women feel about ogling lovers? A Google trip through the internet revealed feelings that ranged from discomfort to distress. A couple samples:
- Should it bother me that my boyfriend admits he likes looking at other women and can’t help it if a “hot” woman is in his view? He says just because you chase a car it
doesn’t mean you want to drive it.
- Throughout our relationship, he was constantly observing other women and then would make comments about them. I’ve had more occasions ruined, like my latest birthday out for dinner, a fun night at a concert to my favorite artist and lots more occasions.
Ok, but women who are troubled by the behavior are more likely than “it’s no biggie” types to vent on the web. How does your average woman feel?
Lucky for me, I have classrooms of captive students who are ready and willing to fill out surveys. So I sampled my “Women’s Psychology” students, along with my “Intro to Women’s Studies” course. Forty-seven students in all. My findings aren’t based on random samples, so I will only discuss very strong patterns.
Here’s the bullet point version. I’ll expound more later.
- About half of the women had experienced ogling boyfriends.
- The behavior bothered nearly all of my straight students at least a little. Some said, “It drives me nuts.”
- One bisexual woman said that she and her partner both enjoy ogling, and that she usually noticed her first.
- About one third attributed the behavior to “boys will be boys,” perhaps making them feel better if guys “can’t help themselves.”
- Ogling dampened nearly all of the women’s sexual attraction to their lovers, for at least a few hours.
- Men may think women dislike ogling because they’re afraid they’ll cheat. Yet few women said that’s what bothered them.
- Why don’t women like ogling? Simply feeling like a man is “as attracted” or “more attracted” to other women.
Details to follow.
About BroadBlogsI have a Ph.D. from UCLA in sociology (emphasis: gender, social psych). I currently teach sociology and women's studies at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. I have also lectured at San Jose State. And I have blogged for Feminispire, Ms. Magazine, The Good Men Project and Daily Kos. Also been picked up by The Alternet.
Posted on June 3, 2011, in gender, men, psychology, relationships, sex and sexuality, women and tagged gender, men, men's health, psychology, relationships, sex and sexuality, sexuality, social psychology, women. Bookmark the permalink. 56 Comments.