Remember that earlier study which confirmed that when it comes to
looking at women's bodies as a collection of parts ready to be
objectified, both men and women are equally guilty? Apparently, that makes women pretty much guilty of staring at other women's boobs.
The study highlighted by Science Daily elaborates on how both genders tend to hone in on specific parts of a woman's body before assessing them. The study authors showed the test subjects pictures of fully clothed, normal-looking people. They were also shown two photos, in which one featured a "sexual" body part digitally modified in some way. The participants were told to identify who owned the modified image.
The results showed that a woman's sexual body parts were more recognizable when the photo was shown isolating that body part compared to men, who were only easier to recognize when showing the whole man. In conclusion to the results, the study's lead author Sarah Gervais had this to say:
"We can't just pin this on the men. Women are perceiving women this way, too,"
"It could be related to different motives. Men might be doing it because they're interested in potential mates, while women may do it as more of a comparison with themselves. But what we do know is that they're both doing it."
And don't think this just applies to the ones who look hot. Any guy will admit that they can't stop sneaking a peek as long as boobs are involved. As it turns out, you were probably checking her out, too.