Sometimes, science experiments seem frivolous. There are times when scientists study things that seem unnecessary or unimportant, and you wonder how they got funding for such a thing. On the flip side, there are times when a study is a revolutionary breakthrough. According to social psychologist Sarah Gervais, the author of a study:
“Until now, we didn’t have evidence people were actually doing that to women’s bodies. We have women’s self-reports, but this is some of the first work to document that people actually engage in this.”
What is she referring to? People staring at women’s breasts. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the question that we’ve been grappling with for years has finally been answered! The unsubstantiated claims of ladies in V-neck tops everywhere has been tested and proven once and for all.
According to USA Today:
The participants – 29 women and 36 men – were outfitted with the eye-tracking system, which measures in milliseconds how long the eyes are fixed on certain spots. Their gazes reacted to photographs of the same 10 women, each with three different digitally manipulated body shapes – curvaceous, much less curvaceous and in-between. (Only women’s bodies were viewed by study participants.) Both sexes fixed their gaze more on women’s chests and waists and less on faces. Those bodies with larger breasts, narrower waists and bigger hips often prompted longer looks.
I just want to take a moment to celebrate these brave scientists who forged into the fire of uncharted territory to spend valuable time and money to confirm in the Sex Roles journal what women have known for centuries. I have experienced this phenomenon first hand and I thought to myself, “Gee, I really wish they’d create a study to prove that this guy asking me about what book I’m reading seems to be speaking directly to my boobs.” And lo and behold, my wish came true! Thank you, science!!!