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A wristcel refers to someone whose romantic overtures tend to result in nonredamancy due to having thin wrists. The term originated more as a meme than anything else. However, wrist thickness itself is a rough measure of the thickness of one's bones, and therefore, the robustness of one's frame in general.

As the bones provide the supportive structure for muscle growth and due to their being significant symbiosis between the muscles and the bones, there is a strong correlation between the thickness of one's wrists and ankles and ones ability to build muscle,[1] therefore generally making wristcels also framecels.

Wristcels that take the concept seriously tend to be mocked for their self-consciousness about their wrists and for having body dysmorphia. This self-consciousness may derive from the fact that cues of brute physical dominance such as upper body bulkiness and arm thickness play a large role in men's intrasexual competition (intimidation of other men) which can often decide their access to women,[2] likely explaining the weak, but significant correlation between men's body masculinity and their mating success of r = .13.[3]

One study has found an assortative mating correlation of r = .55 (p < .01) for wrist circumference in a sample of 205 U.S. citizens from Ann Arbor.[4] While this means wristcels can presumably find women with small wrists to mate with assortatively (if this is their only major flaw), it does indicate that seemingly petty and minute factors such as wrist size play a role in determining people's mate choices.


Why wrist circumference is important[edit | edit source]

As noted above, wrist circumference is considered essential by some framecels because it is generally a bone thickness measure. Bone thickness determines how much muscle your frame can support. It is also important regarding strength potential, with wrist circumference (on its own) being moderately correlated with grip strength, which is itself generally an excellent measure of overall upper-body strength.[5] So it's not the wrists themselves that are important, but the fact that they serve as a reliable indicator of the robustness of one's frame, which is strongly associated with one's physical strength and capacity to build muscle.

Note that being a wristcel is the second-to-worst thing aside from being a neckcel, as both indicate that no amount of muscle mass will free you from being a framelet, and even if you take large amounts of steroids, packing an unnatural quantity of muscle on a tiny frame often results in a comical looking, disproportionate physique.

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