"The principal male sexual cues are anatomical, and visual. Young and old, gay and straight, all around the world, men seem to want to look at body parts." - Stephen Snyder, M.D.
When I first read this vaguely insulting statement, I vowed to refute it. When I re-read it, I was like, ehh, its actually true.
In fact, we don't seem to want to look at body parts – we definitely want to. And we want to touch them or somehow remember them, because later we're going to rhapsodize about them in song. We like drop-dead legs, American thighs and lips like sugar; big butts, fat bottoms, suicide blondes, and brown-eyed girls. That's just the way we are.
Winner, Most Popular Fetish
According to a recent study, more people (mostly men) confess to having a foot fetish than to any other non-genital body part (this includes breasts, by the way). Women have shoe fetishes, men have foot fetishes. Maybe it's because the foot leads to the calf, which leads to the knee, which leads to the thigh, which leads to the happiest place on earth.
Lots of guys get a rise out of a woman's foot or feet doing all sorts of things, from being ritually washed to pressing a gas pedal ('pedal pumping') to going wee-wee-wee all the way home. But even among hardcore foot-loving men there is one deal-breaker: size. Lady Sasquatch need not apply.
Hips On A H.I.L.F.
Hips captivate us. They draw us in. Hips in motion wordlessly narrate high erotica.
The first thing I look for on women are hips. I have been this way since I can remember. Thin-hipped girls never turned me on. So am I, according to popular perception, really attracted to wide hips because I sense in them a fertility goddess? Because I have never once had sex with the expressed purpose of making a woman pregnant. In fact, my hopes have always been just the opposite.
So put in the context of early man, hips make sense the way the brow line makes sense: sexual dimorphism expressed in such dramatic fashion as wide hips made it possible for my caveman antecedent to determine, from a safe distance, if that stranger over yonder was a HILF (Hominid I'd Like to F***) or a HIHF (Hominid I'll Have to Fight).
36"-24"-36"? Only If She's 5'3"
Sir Mix-a-Lot famously declared he was tired of magazines saying flat butts are the thing, and most men agree. The fashion industry perpetuates an unhealthy and unrealistic body type through its preference for models whose figures put Olive Oyl to shame. It is a practical preference—to mimic clothes on the rack—but men find true inspiration in the full-bodied, heart-shaped ass, the kind of glorious behind found on the likes of Kim Kardashian, Vida Guerra, Beyonce, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lopez, Brianna Love, Leah Remini, Minka Kelly and so many more.
Ross is a freelance journalist and writer specializing in medical topics and men's lifestyle. His work appears in numerous online and print publications, including AskMen, Forbes, AOL, and Fox News. He is the editor of several published quotation collections, and in addition to work as a cancer care advocate, he plays ice hockey and blogs for two pro hockey web sites.