Size really does matter ... but only to men
Published 27/07/2011 | 05:00
Men are more concerned with their partner's body type than women but they also seem to value family more highly, according to a new survey released yesterday.
Nearly half of men questioned in the poll of 70,000 people said they would ditch a partner who gained weight, compared to only 20pc of women.
Two-thirds of men also said they had fantasised about their partner's friends, while only one-third of women had done so.
"Even as men are getting more comfortable with meeting their girlfriends online and less anxious about who she's 'friending' there, other romantic behaviours have proven to be timeless ones: chivalry isn't dead, size matters, and women forgive while men forget," said James Bassil, editor-in-chief of AskMen, which conducted the poll with Cosmopolitan.com.
While only 18pc of women said they would want their mate to be better endowed, more than 51pc of men said they wished they themselves were.
But the survey also found 39pc of men chose family as their top choice of the ultimate status symbol. By contrast, 43 pc of women selected a beautiful home.
But men were more likely to lie about the number of sex partners they had had (50pc) than women (35pc).
One thing both sexes agreed on was an as-yet undeveloped male birth control pill.
Nearly 80pc of men said they feel cheated by the divorce courts.
Women are also far less comfortable with their mates keeping in touch with their ex. More than two-thirds of men are okay with their partner friending an ex on Facebook, as opposed to 38pc of women. But three-quarters of men surveyed said they consider sexting cheating.