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Sex Roles

, Volume 61, Issue 1–2, pp 14–33

First Online: 14 April 2009Received: 23 October 2007Accepted: 04 March 2009DOI: 10.1007-s11199-009-9604-x

Cite this article as: Glasser, C.L., Robnett, B. & Feliciano, C. Sex Roles 2009 61: 14. doi:10.1007-s11199-009-9604-x


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.

KeywordsBeauty Body Date selection Ethnicity Gender Race Internet dating  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Carol L. Glasser - Belinda Robnett - Cynthia Feliciano


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