The term “Baby making hips” has long been used to describe wide hipped women in terms of sex and sexual reproduction. A new study performed by researchers at Leeds University has now lend scientific credence to a term frequently used when ogling women at the club.
The study, performed by researchers at Leeds University, surveyed 148 women aged 18 to 26 years old. In the study, researchers defined wide hips as 14.2 inches or larger and defined narrow hips as 12.2 inches or smaller.
All participants had their hip circumference measured at its widest points and their waist measured at its narrowest point. All women in the study had at least one sexual partner.
The women were surveyed on past sexual experiences, including the age in which they lost their virginity, the number of past sexual partners and past/present serious sexual relationships.
Researchers found that women whose hips where at least .08 inches larger than average reported that around 75% of their sexual relationships were one night stands.
Researchers surmise that women with wider hips have more sexual partners because the birth process is easier and less traumatic. “Women’s hip width has a direct impact on their risk of potentially fatal childbirth-related injury. It seems that when women have control over their own sexual activity this risk is reflected in their behavior,” said head researcher Dr Hendrie.
For those with narrower hips: “We found that women with smaller hips tended to have, throughout their entire sexual histories, just a couple of sexual partners. They really only had sex with people in the context of relationships, demonstrating a more cautious sexual strategy. If they got pregnant there would be someone in their life to help them.”