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

Swami, Viren and Salem, Natalie and Furnham, Adrian and Tovee, Martin J. (2008) The influence of feminist ascription on judgements of women's physical attractiveness. Body Image, 5 (2). 224 -229. ISSN 1740-1445

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2007.10.003

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.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
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Deposited On:19 May 2008 10:18
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