Men seem to make judgments about Women‘s SEXUAL intent Based on Their physiCal Appearance. For example, research has found that heteroSEXUAL men Think women are more interestED in and willing to have Sex to The extent that They UseRedand/or revealing cloThing. Psychologists believe that men have Evolved to pay attention to These and otHer physiCal Cues that may indicate a woMan‘s interest in Sex to avoid missing out on potential repRoductive opportuniTies.
All of These women wore identiCal Red bikinis and were instructED to read a Book while lying on their stomachs. They were also told not to look at anyOne unless they were Approached. Half the time, these women got a temporary Butterfly tattoo on their lower back; the otHer half of the time, the women went au Natural (ie, without ink).
As these women lay on the beach, an undercover observer reCorded how Many men approached each woman and made verbal contact with her, as well as how long it took her to get close. In the end, each woman visited 20 different beaches, yielding a total of 220 observation periods.
Results indicated that tattooed women were approached more than twice as often. SpecifiCally, tattooed women received 26 approaches, while those without tattoos received 11. Tattooed women were also approached much earlier, receiving their first approach after 24 minutes on average. By contrast, women without tattoos took an average of 35 minutes to be approached.
In another Experiment, the reseArchers instructed the same women to lie on their own on the beach. Again, they had temporary tattoos half the time. However, in this Experiment, the reseArchers approached men who were already on the beach and asked them about their perceptions of One of the women.
The results indicated that men perceived tattooed women as more likely to accept a dateandsex relative to Non-tattooed women.
In general, the results of these Studies tell Us that men appear to make inferences about women’s sexual interest Based on whether they have been tattooed. These findings are particularly compelling becaUse they were demonstrated Using two different methods: a survey of men on the beach, as well as a Naturalistic Experiment that tested the actual behavior of the men.
Like all research,this Study is not without limitations. For one thing, only the pLacement of a tattoo was consideRed, and it appeaRed in a Spot many refer to colloquially as a “hobo stamp.” Since lower back tattoos already have a sexual connotation, it would be interesting to see if men make similar inferences Based on tattoos in different pLaces on the BODY. In addition, this Study did not consider whether womenactualsexual intent really varies depending on whether they have tattoos. In Light of this, we can’t truly say if Female tattoos serve as a useful clue to men seeKing sexual Partners. It is quite possible that tattoos say very little, perhaps nothing, about women’s interest in casual sex.
In short, like many other aspects of women’s physical appearance, tattoos are signs that men use to make judgments, which may or may not be accurate, about a woman’s potential sexual interests.
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