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Seven Tenths Incorrect: Heterogeneity and Change in the Waist-to-Hip Ratios of Playboy Centerfold Models and Miss America Pageant Winners

Version
v0
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Freese, Jeremy (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Meland, Sheri (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
2006-10-02
Language
English
Free Keywords
body image; physical appearance
Description
  • Abstract

    Drawing on an article by Singh (1993), many discussions of the evolutionary psychology of heterosexual male preferences have reported a remarkable consistency in the waist-to-hip ratios of Playboy centerfold models and Miss America pageant winners over time. We re-examine the measurement data on these American beauty icons and show that these reports are false in several ways. First, the variation in waist-to-hip ratios among these women is greater than reported. Second, the center of the distribution of waist-to-hip ratios is not 0.70, but less than this. Third, the average waist-to-hip ratio within both samples has changed over time in a manner that is statistically significant and can be regarded as mutually consistent. Taken together, the findings undermine some of the evidence given for the repeated suggestion that there is something special--evolutionarily hard-wired or otherwise--about a specific female waist-to-hip ratio of 0.70 as a preference of American heterosexual males.
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    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) The one file submitted is sevententhsincorrect.zip, which expands to on Stata program file and three data files. There is also a readme file. (2) These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigators if further information is desired.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 1331 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR01331.v1
Publications
  • Freese, Jeremy, Meland, Sheri. Seven tenths incorrect: Heterogeneity and change in the waist-to-hip ratios of Playboy centerfold models and Miss America Pageant winners. Journal of Sex Research.39, (2), 133-138.2002.
    • ID: 10.1080/00224490209552132 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Freese, Jeremy; Meland, Sheri (2006): Seven Tenths Incorrect: Heterogeneity and Change in the Waist-to-Hip Ratios of Playboy Centerfold Models and Miss America Pageant Winners. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR01331