Jerry Coyne, writing on the blog Evolution is True, is hopped up about a study about hips. Coyne says: The author proceeds to demonstrate that Pilates is “the embodiment of whiteness,” using just the two Pilates exercises named in the abstract. These exercises, she claims, “purposely train the body to stabilize the pelvis”, which she considers racist. The study […]
Miss Poland’s Attractiveness: What, oh, what is enough?
Leszek Pokrywka, co-author of the seminal study “The Second to Fourth Digit Ratio and Age at First Marriage in Semi-Nomadic People from Namibia” [featured here a while ago], also played a leading role in analyzing what makes and what does not make Miss Poland attractive: “Body mass index and waist: hip ratio are not enough to […]
Kinematics of coitus in five pre-selected positions
Natalie Sidorkewicz carefully analyzed spine and hip motions of ten couples each having sex in five positions. Sidorkewicz wrote it up, as her master’s thesis : “Lumbar Spine and Hip Kinematics and Muscle Activation Patterns during Coitus: A comparison of common coital positions,” Natalie Sidorkewicz, Master of Science thesis in Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, 2013. The main objective […]
Ballet Dancers doing splits in an MRI scanner [hip study]
Quite a number of professional ballet dancers suffer from medical conditions brought about by their requirement to perform very extreme leg movements. To accurately evaluate such problems physicians would, ideally, like to be able to carry out MRI scans of ballet dancers whilst performing the splits. [that’s the dancers, not the physicians] And, impractical as […]
Attractions of the hip wiggle / Moves like Jagger in Finland
Consider the video below, with particular focus on any anteroposterior axial gyrations of Mick Jagger’s pelvis. Many believe, presumably not least Mick himself, that hip-wiggling manoeuvres are attractive. But how much, exactly? For the first time, results of a study which empirically investigates (and bears Mick’s name) has been published by a team from the […]
Keep that waist to yourself!
Which body parts do students pay attention to when they size up their rivals in romance? Pieternel Dijkstra and Bram Buunk went to a university library to find the answer. They handed out survey forms to students who were there studying books or studying each others’ body parts. A monograph called Sex Differences in the […]