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Video Gaming Magazines Influence Muscularity Among Boys

August 30, 2010 coms 0

In a study to be published this summer in the journal Body Image, University of Illinois researchers discovered that exposure to video gaming magazines has a stronger influence on preadolescent boys’ drive for muscularity, or desire for muscle mass, than does exposure to magazines that depict a more realistic muscular male-body ideal.

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Men In Red Are More Attractive to Women [Study]

August 18, 2010 coms 0

Men have long found the idea of women in red an alluring idea, but a new study by the University of Rochester, found that that feeling is mutual. The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, found women were more attracted to men wearing red.

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Modesty Important for Women, But Not for Men [Study]

August 12, 2010 coms 0

We all know that men and women are expected to carry themselves differently and this new study by Rutgers’ University on modesty only reinforces that point. Turns out, it is more attractive for men to have little modesty, but necessary for women to have a great deal of modesty.

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Reality TV and Teenage Plastic Surgery Linked [Study]

August 2, 2010 coms 0

There is no shortage of reality TV shows that focus on plastic surgery as a way of improving oneself, but what effect is this having on the viewers? Teenagers make up a large percentage of the audience for these types of shows, and it is not news that teenagers are especially self-conscious of their appearance. The problem with these reality television shows is that they make happiness appear to be just a surgery away.

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The Demise of American Muscle and the Few Who Want Its Return

July 26, 2010 coms 0

The 1980’s were the glory days of hypermasculinity. Stallone, Van Damme, Schwarzenegger, and their cohorts couldn’t wait to rip off their shirts to save the world. It was a time when you could settle an issue with an arm wrestle. But these days have long gone, and while a small number of steroid junkies still live for its revival, their efforts have landed American muscle in the background of reality television shows, like Jersey Shore, that are more of a punchline than a punch up hit.