Most of us have preferences when it comes to what we find attractive in potential intimate partners, usually influenced by what we are exposed to in both our immediate society and society-at-large. Socialization plays a significant role in how we perceive others, especially when it comes to determining physical attractiveness. A recent survey suggested that men feel the so-called “perfect” woman has narrow hips, long legs and big breasts, while 100 years ago, the “perfect” womanwas 170 pounds and pear-shaped—bottom-heavy with wide, full hips. As times change, so do accepted preferences, and people adjust and adapt accordingly, often despite their very different internal desires… and, likely, to the detriment of their sex lives.

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