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Are You A Rapist Or A Lads’ Mag Reader? Take The Test

by | 12th, December 2011

WHAT do we make of the Middlesex University and Surrey University report that likens comments made by convicted rapists to those found in lads’ mags? Most men presented with words uttered by rapists and found in lads’ mags identified themselves more with the language expressed by the convicted rapist s”.

The rapists’ quotes were taken from the book The Rapist Files: Interviews With Convicted Rapists . Other quotes were taken from men’s mags like FHM, Loaded, Nuts and Zoo . How many rapists have read Loaded is not said. We also are not told how many men who read lads’ mags also read hard core porn magazines or look at XXX-rated websites. We are not told why rape jokes are acceptable and what it says about men who laugh at them and men who tell them.

We learn that “ when presented with descriptions of women taken from lads’ mags, and comments about women made by convicted rapists, most people who took part in the study could not distinguish the source of the quotes ”.

Men identified more with the comments made by rapists more than the quotes made in lads’ mags, but men identified more with quotes said to have been drawn from lads’ mags more than those said to have been comments by convicted rapists. The researchers also asked a separate group of women and men aged between 19 and 30 to rank the quotes on how derogatory they were, and to try to identify the source of the quotes.

Men and women rated the quotes from lads’ mags as somewhat more derogatory, and could categorize the quotes by source little better than chance.

What does it all mean? Says Dr Horvath, lead researcher from Middlesex University:

We were surprised that participants identified more with the rapists’ quotes, and we are concerned that the legitimisation strategies that rapists deploy when they talk about women are more familiar to these young men than we had anticipated.

Are rapists more reasoned more logical and understandable  than lads’ mag readers? Does their argument that “no” means “yes” and woman dressed in short skirts and low tops want sex ring true with a majority of men? Are rapists more real than the hacks hired to tap into priapic readers’ fantasies and moist dreams? Are lads’ mag readers fantasy rapists?

Dr Peter Hegarty, from the University of Surrey’s psychology department, adds:

There is a fundamental concern that the content of such magazines normalises the treatment of women as sexual objects.

We are not killjoys or prudes who think that there should be no sexual information and media for young people.

But are teenage boys and young men best prepared for fulfilling love and sex when they normalise views about women that are disturbingly close to those mirrored in the language of sexual offenders?

Anna van Heeswijk, campaigns manager for Object, a human rights group which campaigns against the objectification of women, opines:

If we are serious about wanting an end to discrimination and violence against women and girls, we must tackle the associated attitudes and behaviours. This means tackling the publications which peddle them.

The Leveson Inquiry is currently looking into the culture and ethics of the press. These disturbing findings unequivocally demonstrate the need for the portrayal of women to be included in the remit of this inquiry.

Now is the time for action.

Want to see the questions asked? Here you go (use of the word girls in place of women mirrors the language of the tabloids):

1. There’s a certain way you can tell that a girl wants to have sex . . . The way they dress, they flaunt themselves.

2. Some girls walk around in short-shorts . . . showing their body off . . . It just starts a man thinking that if he gets something like that, what can he do with it?

3. 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.

4. Mascara running down the cheeks means they’ve just been crying, and it was probably your fault . . . but you can cheer up the miserable beauty with a bit of the old in and out.

5. What burns me up sometimes about girls is dick-teasers. They lead a

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