Employing a United States sample of 5,810 Yahoo heterosexual internet dating profiles, this study finds race–ethnicity and gender influence body type preferences for dates, with men and whites significantly more likely than women and non-whites to have such preferences. White males are more likely than non-white men to prefer to date thin and toned women, while African-American and Latino men are significantly more likely than white men to prefer female dates with thick or large bodies. Compatible with previous research showing non-whites have greater body satisfaction and are less influenced by mainstream media than whites, our findings suggest Latinos and African Americans negotiate dominant white idealizations of thin female bodies with their own cultures’ greater acceptance of larger body types.
Sociology and Corrections
Glasser, C. L., Robnett, B., & Feliciano, C. (2009). Internet daters' body type preferences: Race-ethnic and gender differences. Sex Roles, 61, 14-33. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-009-9604-x
Publisher's Copyright and Source
Copyright © 2009 The Author(s). This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com
Article originally published in Sex Roles, volume 61, 2009, pages 14-33. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-009-9604-x
This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0), which permits any noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited.
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License