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Breasts: What men really want

Different bust sizes
Different bust sizes

Researchers from Charles University in Prague in the Czech Republic have conducted a study to find out the type of female breasts that men prefer.

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence

Most men prefer shapely and perkier boobs to very large ones that are likely to sag with gravity.

Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon

Although the study has significant limitations in terms of geographic diversity as well as the number of men who participated, the results still make interesting reading.

Keira Knightly
Keira Knightly

The team interviewed 267 men from four different countries on their breast preferences: Brazil, Cameroon, the Czech Republic and Namibia.

Christina Hendricks
Christina Hendricks

They wanted to test the hypothesis that large breasts are typically associated with fertility in women, and a plumper chest as the key to the male libido.

Erin O'Connor
Erin O’Connor

The participants also viewed two sets of images of varying breast size and firmness – revealing that it’s not all about size.

Cat Dennings
Cat Dennings

Although individual preferences for breast size were variable, majority of the men preferred medium sized breasts followed by large sized breasts.

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus

The findings were reported in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.

The study also set out to establish how the female form may have evolved to encourage successful breeding.

Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles

As a result of their fat deposits, the shape and size of human female breasts is unique among primates – and this was thought to have evolved through male sexual selection.

Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara

This is supported by evidence showing that women with larger breasts tend to have higher estrogen levels – breast size may serve as an indicator of potential fertility.

Conversely, breasts become less firm with age and parity, and breast shape could also serve as a marker of residual fertility.

Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet

It is possibe that this loss of perkiness alongside fertility with age could drive men’s breast preferences towards medium sized, firm breasts.

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