Salon.com has an article up that explores reasons besides added height as possible explanations as to why women wear high heels. High heels have to rank with corsets and neckties as extremes of stupid, uncomfortable clothing.
It turns out though maybe however stupid high heels may be, they may be stupid ina very effectual way. It turns out:
“High heels may exaggerate the sex-specific aspects of the female walk,…”
High heels seem to make women more attractive. And why would that be?
“Why? The researchers report that, while wearing high-heeled shoes, the women “walked in a fashion more characteristic of female gait.” Specifically, “walkers in high heels took smaller, more frequent steps,”
Foot binding, in other words. Va-va-voom /s.
“…and this reduction in the length of their stride was accompanied by “increased rotation and tilt of the hips.”
Translation: It makes their cheeks flip around more. Why not just wear a pom-pom bunny tail?
The article sums up:
“Morris and his colleagues conclude that a woman walking in high heels is a “supernormal stimulus” — that is, an enhanced version of a stimulus found in nature. Previous research has suggested junk food can be seen the same way, in that it stimulates our natural craving for sugar, salt and fats by offering them in exaggerated concentrations.”
The sexual equivalent of high-fructose corn syrup. Wionderful.
Thanks, I’ll stick with normal stimulus – a three-day stubble.
“So to sum up: High heels have a lot in common with Ho Hos.”
Oh no they didn’t. Cheap, opportunistic use of a pun.
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