In Veronica Monet's Sex Secrets of Escorts, she makes a great point:
Women also make some assumptions about what men want in a woman, and a very popular assumption is that all men want women to be skinny. Women's magazines are full of photos of starving pubescent girls passing as the ideal for adult women's bodies. Over the past several decades, the female "ideal" has morphed into what more closely resembles a post-operative male to female transsexual than a genetic adult female. Impossibly narrow hips supported by stick legs and topped off with huge breasts is not how the natural female body is constructed, except in the rarest of cases. Women in their reproductive years are intended by nature to have some fat on their hips and thighs to support the development of a baby. Too little body fat can shut down a woman's menstrual cycle entirely.
Fortunately, in the interest of continuing the human species, men have been programmed by nature to respond favorably to a healthy natural female body. Although most women feel that men's magazines promote idealized and unrealistic images of the female body, a noticeable difference exists between women's and men's magazines.
The women's magazines have far more anorexic images than the men's magazines. So although both men and women buy magazines with photos of their ideal female form, the pouplar men's magazines prefer women who look like they have enough meat on them that they could actually get pregnant. Most fashion photos in women's magazines show females who look like they are about to collapse from hunger or too much heroin.
There are also men's magazines that cater to specific tastes. Some men love very hairy women. Some men love tiny breasts. Some men love huge breasts. Some men love blondes. Some men love redheads. Some men love brunettes. Some men love fat. There are men's magazines for all of these female attributes and then some.
... The beauty a man sees in a woman is timeless unless, of course, he really is suffering from low self-esteem. Then he will care too much about what other people think to stay true to himself and his desires.Okay, please don't judge me that I read books like this. Keep in mind that I lost my mom when I was 13 and often wonder how much I act like a man. I was reading through the beginning of the book at the bookstore and I ran across this quote on page 25. I bought the book just for that quote.
I wanted and needed to be reminded that I am perfect just the way I am, not just for myself, but also for some lucky bloke out there.