Saturday, December 13, 2014

Signifiers of femininity

Science and the art of women's high heels:
Scientists from the Universite de Bretagne-Sud conducted experiments that showed that men behave very differently toward high-heeled women. The results, published online in the journal "Archives of Sexual Behaviour," may please the purveyors of Christian Louboutin or Jimmy Choo shoes -- yet frustrate those who think stilettos encourage sexism.

The study found if a woman drops a glove on the street while wearing heels, she's almost 50 percent more likely to have a man fetch it for her than if she's wearing flats. Another finding: A woman wearing heels is twice as likely to persuade men to stop and answer survey questions on the street. And a high-heeled woman in a bar waits half the time to get picked up by a man, compared to when her heel is nearer to the ground.

"Women's shoe heel size exerts a powerful effect on men's behavior," says the study's author, Nicolas Gueguen, a behavioral science researcher. "Simply put, they make women more beautiful."

...On women as "signifiers of femininity," raised shoes initially appeared in Ancient Greece and Rome, according to Elizabeth Semmelhack of The Bata Shoe Museum.
High heels do make women more attractive. They make women look more slender and less stumpy, and they give a woman a slightly more sexual posture. But the woman at the museum understands the true nature of the appeal better than the male scientist - unsurprisingly, most male scientists being gammas - as she understands that it is what the high heels signify - I am a feminine woman, not a feminist who will behave in a nasty and unpleasant manner - that causes men to behave more gallantly.


MichaelJMaier said...

Going down a long hall at work a few weeks back I spied a glorious backside in front of me. Her tall heels clicked. My loins almost felt aflame. I really felt moved to take her from behind, there at work. In the hallway.

I was struck when I realized who it was.

Cute brunette, a solid 7 as is. Probably could hit 8.5 dolled up.

But I'd seen her backside plenty of times before. And before that day, never had it stir anything like that.

Did the geometry of our relative bodies with her in heels form "The Golden Angle"? No clue. But I sure didn't complain.

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Doom said...

Yum! High heels, a smile, doesn't talk too much... or better almost not at all, and dark big glasses if not so pretty and it's go time. Sure, an arm angel is great when and where available. A traveling dog just doesn't always have the options. An arm angel is not at all necessary when just kicking tires and a little on the hungry, in a hurry, or few options, side of town. Yeah, and the dames know it. All of them have a little psycho in there. Don't let that coy fool you.

Dark Herald said...

High heels do make women more attractive. They make women look more slender and less stumpy,

Heels do work for woman. If and only if, she knows how to walk in them. Since she is walking on the balls of her feet, a woman in heels is basically dancing. That was a key detail that was left out of this report.

Although, I suspect that was just a cultural blind spot. This report was generated in France. A country where being a woman is not as yet, a lost art.

There is a theory that goes; when a girl hit puberty there is a growth spurt, lengthening the thighs. Possibly nature’s way to compensate for lost height due to a rounding of the hips. Anyway, the suddenly long legs a signifies that the girl is ready to mate.

I am not sure I agree with this theory, since heels tend to work on the calves and not the thighs.

Game 101; Make her to invest herself in you.

Get her to wear high heels for you. Heels are both uncomfortable (hence the investment) and make her feel more desirable (because duh, she is). Heels make for an excellent start toward a great evening.

Attention cheapskates, take her to an art gallery. No bowling.

Doom said...

Oh, I think high heels somehow cast more scent. Some men say they can't smell it, but I think I can. Closer to the nose... perhaps it works her system in some way so that it produces more... dunno. I knew, when I moved where I did, that bc pills weren't in near as common of use here. I about drove off the road from the... euphoria... overload after living in dead-wombsville for so long... something. I knew I was in the right place. Flowers everywhere. But I would be interested to see if it does increase pheromones, or other sex chemicals, or makes those more present, or accessible. Sure, visual. But I don't think that's all of it for high heels.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

OT: I'm wondering if anyone else saw this...

'Men who do less housework have more sex': A 20-year study tells men what they already feared, that doing housework makes them less sexually attractive to women.

hank.jim said...

"I am a feminine woman, not a feminist who will behave in a nasty and unpleasant manner"

That isn't my impression. Women with high heels portray stylish or high fashion that suggests a mixed message. She could be either a professional, a social climber, or gold digger. A mother never comes to mind since how could she be domesticated while walking in platform shoes.

Certainly, she appears more feminine, but only a bit more than wearing flats. I would not rely on such fashion cues as her actions are more reliable.

Krul said...

jimmy-jimbo - A mother never comes to mind...

What if the mom's name is June Cleaver?

Anonymous said...

LBF - Think we've read about that here before, or at least was referenced before.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

Iowahine ~ That's what I thought, too, but this is a recent article from the last few days.

Mindstorm said...

Bending at the waist while standing on the balls of feet... Well, well, well, what a mystery.

Old Harry said...

@Laguna Beach Fogey

I think the house work cause and effect are backwards. Those who have less housework expected of them are more likely to have more sex than simply saying those who do less house work have more sex.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but here's how I see it: A spouse who doesn't expect the husband to do "chore play" is an alpha trait. Simply refusing to help out around the house is not.

Matamoros said...

They don't call 4-5" high heels "fuck me's" for nothing.

Anonymous said...

My problem with high heels is that they make a woman taller. I'm 5'7", and I prefer women who are shorter than me (and most women like to be shorter than their men). There are already enough women too tall for me without high heels adding to the number.

Anonymous said...


Why not play it up to your advantage? "I love a woman in heels because it makes me get creative" or "I got turned on by National Geographic's Amazon spread in November 86."

Anonymous said...

unsurprisingly, most male scientists being gammas

Which would, I suppose, explain why so many are SJW atheists into crap like Global Warming. Higher-ranked Social men get into more social lines of work such as business, and the makeup of the scientific community keeps them away from academia because of the gammas and women. Omegas may try getting into science but fail to navigate the politics too well, ending up at the bottom of the heap or unemployed.

Academia has become a gamma/female ghetto, with possibly a sprinkling of sigmas.

Bob said...

To be honest I don't really like heels that much.

The really huge ones just have the woman wobbling all-over the place, and walking anywhere takes ages. It can be pretty annoying when they can't navigate even the most simple of obstacles due to choosing dysfunctional shoes, especially when they take them off and end up walking over broken glass etc.

Then again I am a 5ft7 male, so seeing 5ft5-ish females prioritising shoes over me because "You have to be taller when I'm in heels" likely rages my subconscious too.

However disregarding the stupid shoes themselves, I absolutely do agree on the sexiness aspect. There's something about the posture they give that does inspire wanting to bang the girl's brains out when stood / moving like that (without the wobbling / falling over). I imagine a ballerina style girl moving around like that, (without the shoes) would have me straining my trousers pretty quick, as well as inspiring more chivalrous acts.

Anonymous said...

Well, either conclusion my be correct. Perhaps a woman is more feminine in heels, perhaps she's more beautiful. perhaps both.

But heels being a signifier of increased availability would also explain the data.

I'm not saying that IS the answer, but just because some researcher says they've explained the data, it aint necessarily so.

Joe A. said...

Eh... high heels make women too tall unless they were a serious shortie to begin with. Can't argue with the data, though.

Anonymous said...

I guess that's one more advantage of being tall - I don't have to come up with excuses to not like high heels.

high heels signify - I am a feminine woman, not a feminist who will behave in a nasty and unpleasant manner

The fake survey question they were asking was about "gender equality" - I think that would heighten the difference. If some dour-faced, no-makeup (or, alternately, cartoonishly made-up) harpy-looking woman asked me a question about gender equality, what man would be stupid enough to talk to her?

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