33% of young women would trade in their IQ for bigger breasts


A horrifying new study quoted in today's Britain's DailyMail online edition says that 33% of women ages 18-25 would gladly swap IQ points for larger breasts, with nearly half of them saying they prefer a bigger bust over intelligence in general.

It went on to say that 40% of respondents would rather be thin than intelligent, with the same percentage saying they'd swap IQ points to achieve their ideal dress size.

Some of the justifications ring true because, despite our mantra that it's "what's inside that counts", the fact is that good looks (as deemed by our current society) generally do help you romantically and may help in the workplace.  An inconvenient truth, but let's be real. 

I agree with many people commenting on this study through blogs, radio shows, and social media that if you have a higher IQ, you can get a great education, then a great job and eventually have money to buy your boobs and other plastic surgeries if you feel the need to do so.  You can't buy IQ.  (Note: IQ is a measure of aptitude and is not the same as gaining knowledge. It relates to how quickly you are able to make associations and problem solve). 

I also think that good looks only get you so far and then what next?  Will your boyfriend marry you because of your chest and ignore the fact that you're not the brightest crayon in the box?  Will your boss keep promoting you if you don't have the same mental capacity as someone more qualified? 

(Obviously there are many women with covetable body shapes that also have high IQs - I'm referring only to those women who would surrender IQ for the sake of their figure as mentioned in the study.)

I don't find this terribly surprising in principle, but am shocked at just how high the percentages were.  Having a daughter myself, it really raises the bar for me to make sure she grows up with her head in the right place.

What do you guys think?
Mar 02, 2012 @ 08:55 am

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Boobs Schmoobs

As someone who has a larger chest, I can't help but think- WHY? It isn't all that great, trust me. I have a very hard time finding clothes that fit, I always need to buy the largest size in button up blouses and even then, I am constantly readjusting and making sure things are gapping or too low. And forget about shopping at normal bra stores, they don't carry my size.

As a somewhat self conscious woman, I understand the idea of swapping IQ points for a more desirable body, but in the end, I don't think what you look like would matter if you aren't the brightest bulb in the box, so to speak. While a nice outside might open a door or two, your intelligence is what's really going to get you far.
Mar 02, 2012 @ 09:46 am


Boobs don't last forever and neither does a great body. We're all going to
get old sooner, or later no matter what we try and do about it. But we
all can learn new things no matter how old and out of shape we are.
Myself I think they're stupid to begin with and that's why they don't
mind trading their IQ points. I know some people really need work done
and I'm fine with that, but trading your IQ points for a better body is
just crazy to me. I need all the IQ points I can get and I know my hubby
love's me no matter how close my boobs may get to my knee's. That's all
that matter's to me!!
Mar 02, 2012 @ 11:26 am

I agree

I totally agree with both Alex and Takoda.

Having a larger cheast I really don't understand why... they won't be young and perky forever.. you can't fit in a lot of clothes or bra's or sexy lingerie. It's quite sad what some woman's priorities are..
Mar 02, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

This guys perspective?

I would have to say that this type of article seems very sensationalistic. Too many people are obsessed with what they don't have rather than being content with what they are. I prefer the later.
Mar 02, 2012 @ 07:43 pm


i'm flat chested, and i can do calculus in my sleep.

If there is any equation which will lower my IQ, and make that chest pop up at the same proportional rate, YES.

No, breast implant does not count.
Mar 07, 2012 @ 06:27 pm

I would have for breasts....

As a teen I would have gone for the trade as that was important to me then. Implants were not so common, or at least so safe, almost 30 ago, so the thought that I could just buy them wasnt there. Going to college was 'nice' but so was getting a Mc Job until you got married and stayed at home, so I would have had no worries of losing a few IQ points.

Now, much older, of course my choice would be different - and the fact that I got naturally bigger after 2 kids! That's what I remind my own daughter of - padded bras will be a thing of the past once she has some babies. ( lol! Can you tell I cant wait to be a Grandma :D)

Would I now do the trade it to be thin.....thats harder. I wouldnt want to be 'dumb' but I am too often told I think too much anyway. So giving up some of that to permanently maintain a healthy weight (despite my long term health issues) would actually be a coin toss right now.
Mar 07, 2012 @ 07:11 pm

I think....

...really you have to look at the age group. At 18 I wanted a lot of things. But as you age and mature you begin to understand the beauty that you have - as you are. This comes down to sending out positive body image messages to young girls to accept themselves.
Mar 08, 2012 @ 01:46 pm


I think this is more sad than anything. The impact that the media, etc has on body image impacts girls in so many ways and now this is just another issue that comes with extreme photoshop and unrealistic views of "ideal" bodies. I'd like to keep my brains, thank you!
May 05, 2012 @ 09:32 pm

Truly sad!

I agree with many of you that this is such a disappointing number! The media pressures on young, still maturing girls these days are worse than ever! My 13 yr old niece bought a push-up bra because she "wants them to look bigger"! Upon asking her why that mattered, she said that it's what's "pretty and sexy"... this made me sad for her! I told her what's pretty and sexy is a woman who is confident and smart! I'm hoping she grows up to realize that brains will always win out over beauty!
May 08, 2012 @ 12:05 pm


Reading those percentages is so sad, that that many young women find so much of their self worth tied in to their looks. Larger breasts do not get you further in life (sure it gets you more attention but is that the attention you really want???) and being thinner does not mean you will get more job opportunites. Sure after two children I wish I could be thinner but I have also learned in life that it doesnt matter. I am happy. I have two beautiful children, a loving husband, a job I love and great family around me. And realy in the end thats all that matters. My husband loves me for ME - not the outside (which sorry to say to these young women that feel this way, this all fades in time!!! ) and I would have it no other way. These young women need to be empowered that their self worth is not tied into their physical apperance. And sadly, I think this problem is affecting even younger girls then the 18-25 range. I volunteer in my sons school and I have talked with girls at the age of ten telling me they are too big (and they literally look like they weigh seventy pounds!) It hurts me that such young women can feel so ppoorly about themselves over something like their weight.
May 15, 2012 @ 04:36 am

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