The influence of feminist ascription on judgements of women's physical attractiveness

Viren Swami*, Natalie Salem, Adrian Furnham, Martin J. Tovée

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Abstract

The present study examined the effect of feminist ascription on perceptions of the physical attractiveness of women ranging in body mass index (BMI). One-hundred and twenty-nine women who self-identified as feminists and 132 who self-identified as non-feminists rated a series of 10 images of women that varied in BMI from emaciated to obese. Results showed no significant differences between feminist and non-feminists in the figure they considered to be maximally attractive. However, feminists were more likely to positively perceive a wider range of body sizes than non-feminists. These results are discussed in relation to possible protective factors against the internalisation of the thin ideal and body objectification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-229
Number of pages6
JournalBody Image
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes

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