“Lesbians have been found to be far less concerned about financial status than straight women. Studies have also found that lesbians have far more flexible ideas about physical attractiveness, you only need to listen to Beth Ditto to know that. When compared with straight women in a study, lesbians were less concerned with weight, dieting and body image. Another study concluded that both lesbians and bisexual women preferred relatively heavier partners than straight women. A possible reason for this is because one study observed that lesbians were on average heavier than straight women and found most attractive those who resembled themselves. But saying that all lesbians are fat is controversial, to say the least: one study found that a more likely explanation was that their preferences reflected a rejection of the contemporary fixation on being thin.”
The Psychology of Physical Attraction by Viren Swami and Adrian Furnham
Extracts of which are printed in today’s Independent and which, from these examples somehow both explodes and reinforces stereotypes at the same time.