All About That Bass: The Psychology Of Sexy Song Lyrics

All About That Bass: The Psychology Of Sexy Song Lyrics

Two of the biggest songs on the charts right now feature lyrics that celebrate the sex appeal of curvy women: Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass and Nikki Minaj's Anaconda (which samples Sir Mix-A-Lot's Baby Got Back). Some people might attribute the popularity of these songs to their catchy beats, while others might point to their accompanying must-watch music videos, each of which has been viewed more than 100 million times on YouTube. However, at least a few psychologists might argue that these songs resonate with us on a deeper level because they appeal to human's evolved mating strategies.

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What's The Recipe For A Hit Song? Lyrics About Reproduction

What's The Recipe For A Hit Song? Lyrics About Reproduction

Evolutionary psychologists believe that men and women have evolved fundamentally different mating strategies in order to maximize the chances of passing along their genes to future generations. It is theorized that men developed a tendency to pursue short-term sexual encounters with young and curvy women, whereas women developed a tendency to hold out for long-term relationships with reliable men who have the resources necessary to take care of them and any offspring they might produce [1]. There is a substantial amount of research supporting the idea that men and women are looking for different things in their mates and these preferences generally fall along the lines predicted by this theory; however, a recent set of studies suggests that these tendencies are so deeply ingrained that we may have even developed a preference for popular media that reinforces these sexual strategies. 

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