Monday, October 11, 2010

Survey Results

Survey results were tabulated for twenty-three women most of whom were undergraduate university students. Each individual was asked to circle as many reasons as they thought applicable as to why women wear high heels. These choices were then weighted based on the total number of choices each individual selected; in other words if someone circled twelve of the available reasons they were marked down as giving one twelfth of their vote to each of the reasons they circled. These "weighted" choices were then tallied and used to rank the reasons as they appear below. In this way one vote by a person who carefully selected a small number of reasons can carry more weight than three votes by people who each selected many reasons (see # 15 for example). The actual number of (non-weighted) choices gives a similar but not identical ranking order and these numbers are included in parentheses for comparison.


5. They appear attractive in a “sexy” way (19)
1. They make one appear taller (19)
8. They promote a posture/body shape that appears attractive in a “sexy” way (17)
4. They appear attractive in a “classy” way (18)
2. They make one appear more sophisticated (17)
7. They promote a posture/body shape that appears attractive in a “classy” way (14)
16. It is expected for females conforming with society to wear them (10)
13. The sound they make on a hard surface draws attention (10)
11. They elevate one’s visual vantage point (8)
20. They are an efficient and/or legal way to carry a weapon (6)
15. They make one appear helpless/needy (like foot binding by the ancient Chinese) (1)
14. The sound they make on a hard is pleasant/attractive to others (3)
25. Wearing them has a positive effect on the weather (3)
21. They help to aerate lawns (2)
10. They promote a posture that is healthful (3)
6. They appear attractive in a natural/innocent way (3)
9. They promote a posture/body shape that appears attractive in a natural/innocent way (3)
12. They make one appear vain (2)
18. They are comfortable (2)
24. They provide good grip on slippery or icy surfaces (2)
17. They strengthen one’s ankle muscles (in practice for ice skating?) (1)
23. They are good detectors of cheap flooring by punching holes (1)
3. They make one appear more “down to earth” (1)
19. They are financially economical to purchase (1)
22. They allow one to locate cracks/holes in a sidewalk without looking (0)

Friday, October 1, 2010

High Heels

After a discussion I got into recently I have decided to satisfy my curiosity on a matter I have often puzzled over: Why on earth do so many girls wear high heels? The following is a survey I plan to give out to a few friends and thought I would make it available for those I am not likely to see in the near future as well - you can leave a comment with the numbers you would "circle" on a paper survey as well as any additional reasons I may have overlooked.



I have always been baffled by high heels and have never been able to figure out what purpose they serve. For this reason I have assembled the following survey, to be taken by those of the female persuasion, as to why you, as a group, sometimes choose to strap yourselves into these contraptions. What I am asking for is your perception of the main reasons why most girls choose to wear heels which may or may not reflect your personal thoughts on the subject.

Please circle all that apply:

1. They make one appear taller
2. They make one appear more sophisticated
3. They make one appear more “down to earth”
4. They appear attractive in a “classy” way
5. They appear attractive in a “sexy” way
6. They appear attractive in a natural/innocent way
7. They promote a posture/body shape that appears attractive in a “classy” way
8. They promote a posture/body shape that appears attractive in a “sexy” way
9. They promote a posture/body shape that appears attractive in a natural/innocent way
10. They promote a posture that is healthful
11. They elevate one’s visual vantage point
12. They make one appear vain
13. The sound they make on a hard surface draws attention
14. The sound they make on a hard is pleasant/attractive to others
15. They make one appear helpless/needy (like foot binding by the ancient Chinese)
16. It is expected for females conforming with society to wear them
17. They strengthen one’s ankle muscles (in practice for ice skating?)
18. They are comfortable
19. They are financially economical to purchase
20. They are an efficient and/or legal way to carry a weapon
21. They help to aerate lawns
22. They allow one to locate cracks/holes in a sidewalk without looking
23. They are good detectors of cheap flooring by punching holes
24. They provide good grip on slippery or icy surfaces
25. Wearing them has a positive effect on the weather