What’s the Difference Between a Rapist and a Men’s Magazine?

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” (menís 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 ladsí 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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Loo Samantha
Loo sam5 years ago


Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley6 years ago

Which is worse, the fact that they publish this garbage or the fact that men buy it? I think the fact that men buy it is worse, because they wouldn't publish what doesn't sell.

Jennifer E.
Jennifer E6 years ago

And men wonder why many women distrust men generally?

Midge Cubbage
Midge C6 years ago

a woman should be ready with an equally offensive come back. face it love is over. alot of "heterosexual" men just want to marry they're sister or mother clone so they can just masturbate online or hang with buddies at pole bars. and alot women want to marry a meal ticket, or think they have "power" by stripping....really begging for money from drunks is sooo empowering. that's probably why most people just want to be single. look at or do whatever you want, and say what you want. It doesn't bother me. If someone offends me personally then I just tell them right there and then. Can't believe in the 21st century some men actually think the world revolves around they're penis...have they looked at that thing lately?

Michael W.
Michael W6 years ago

Surprised no...disgusted YES!!!!

Thomas B.
Thomas B.6 years ago

of course they would be hard to distinguish, all men are horn dogs, but most of us have the sense and respect to rape someone, a mens magazine is exactly THAT, it's meaningless banter that makes then laugh....btw blaming men's magazines as urging on rape which some of u commenters did is as bad as saying a school shooting is from a videogame

Janine H.
Janine H6 years ago

terrible... the people who make magazines should try to imagine having a wife/girl friend and/or children, and then imagine a situation that these were victims. How would they feel as husband/boy friend and/or father of a victim? And how would this victim feel?

Hopefully they do not have a head only for stupid or pervert ideas and talks, for eating and drinking...

Silvia G.
Silvia G6 years ago

Interesting and creepy! Thanks.

Christina B.
Christina B6 years ago

Michael R., I SO agree with you! It was pretty clear to me which quotes came from where, too.

Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M6 years ago