NCBI ROFL: Scientific analysis of Playboy centerfolds reveals Barbie-like vulvas.

By ncbi rofl | May 7, 2010 7:00 pm

458966695_46442fca6aEvulvalution: The Portrayal of Women’s External Genitalia and Physique Across Time and the Current Barbie Doll Ideals.

“Media images of the female body commonly represent reigning appearance ideals of the era in which they are published. To date, limited documentation of the genital appearance ideals in mainstream media exists. Analysis 1 sought to describe genital appearance ideals (i.e., mons pubis and labia majora visibility, labia minora size and color, and pubic hair style) and general physique ideals (i.e., hip, waist, and bust size, height, weight, and body mass index [BMI]) across time based on 647 Playboy Magazine centerfolds published between 1953 and 2007. Analysis 2 focused exclusively on the genital appearance ideals embodied by models in 185 Playboy photographs published between 2007 and 2008. Taken together, results suggest the perpetuation of a “Barbie Doll” ideal characterized by a low BMI, narrow hips, a prominent bust, and hairless, undefined genitalia resembling those of a prepubescent female.”


Image: flickr/SantaRosa OLD SKOOL

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  • Samme James

    Barbie needs a bush, then I could love her,

  • sairus

    Ask Tiger Woods about Barbie Dolls

  • Brian Too

    I must take issue with the quote “…limited documentation of the genital appearance ideals in mainstream media…”.

    Pshaw, I say. Said Playboy publication has vigorously pursued such research for nigh on half a century now! And it’s all for science (and the articles).

  • Joanna Cake

    Rhacodactylus alerted me to a clip about the effects of censorship by the Australian Classification Board. This outfit have stipulated that women who appear naked in men’s mags need to have their girlie bits airbrushed if they extend beyond the ‘single crease’.

    Seems that mainstream media is trying to deliberately affect public perception of normal genital appearance.


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