A disturbing new study to be published in the British Journal of Psychology has found that people have a hard time telling the difference between quotes from actual convicted rapists and material found in popular British “lad mags” (men’s magazines).
What’s more? The men surveyed in the study identified more with the comments made by rapists than the material pulled from lad mags. Also, when men and women were asked to rank the quotes on how derogatory they were, they rated the quotes from lad mags as more derogatory then the comments made by convicted rapists.
So, let’s recap:
1. The material found in lad mags and quotes from men serving time for rape are not distinguishable.
2. Men identify with comments made by rapists.
3. Material found in lad mags is viewed as more derogatory than quotes from convicted rapists.
Do you think you could tell the difference?
Here’s an example of one of the quotes pulled from the study, “A girl may like anal sex because it makes her feel incredibly naughty and she likes feeling like a dirty slut. If this is the case, you can try all sorts of humiliating acts to help live out her filthy fantasy.”
And another, “Girls love being tied up . . . it gives them the chance to be the helpless victim.”
Lad mag or convicted rapist?
Turns out both of the above quotes were actually pulled from lad mags.
How about these?
“There’s a certain way you can tell that a girl wants to have sex . . . The way they dress, they flaunt themselves.”
“What burns me up sometimes about girls is d*ck-teasers. They lead a man on and then shut him off right there.”
Lad mag or convicted rapist?
These quotes are actually from convicted rapists and the same sexist and derogatory tone can be found in the selections taken from the lad mags.
Dr. Miranda Horvath, lead researcher from Middlesex University, says the following about the study, “These magazines support the legitimisation of sexist attitudes and behaviours and need to be more responsible about their portrayal of women, both in words and images. They give the appearance that sexism is acceptable and normal – when really it should be rejected and challenged.”
Horvath continues saying, ”Rapists try to justify their actions, suggesting that women lead men on, or want sex even when they say no, and there is clearly something wrong when people feel the sort of language used in a lads’ mag could have come from a convicted rapist.”
I could not agree more. There is a huge problem when a magazine is publishing material that people can’t distinguish from the words of actual convicted rapists serving time for their crimes.
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