When it comes to physical appearance, we express ourselves in different ways. Some women prefer to wear trendy clothes while others take a more traditional route. Some choose to get tattoos or piercings while others choose to stay tattoo-free. Whatever we decide, the way we adorn our bodies is how we show the world who we are and what we’re in to.
According to one study conducted in France, the way we decorate ourselves affects how men perceive us. (As if we didn’t know that already, right?)
Lead researcher Nicholas Guéguen and his team at the Université de Bretagne-Sud found men were more likely to approach women with lower back tattoos. Men were also more likely to think women with tattoos would go out with them and have sex with them on the first date.
For the study, 11 women were chosen to head out to a beach and sunbathe in a red bikini. Each woman went to the beach at least 20 times and wore a temporary tattoo for 10 of her visits. The study discovered men not only approached the women with tattoos more frequently (23.67 percent with vs. 10 percent without), but they were also quicker to make their move than if the woman did not have a tattoo.
Then they surveyed 440 men who were around 22 years old on average. Researchers approached guys who were on the beach and asked them questions about the girl in the red bikini. The dudes interviewed thought the woman was more likely to go out with them and have sex with them on the first date if they were sporting a lower back tattoo.
Yeah, stereotype-city, for sure. Did it ever cross these guys’ minds that women get tattoos because they want to express themselves or they’re just into getting inked? It’s not a come-hither tactic, fellas. The term “tramp stamp” was probably invented by someone who still walks around with their knuckles dragging along the ground. And there’s no way women are going to refrain from getting inked just so they can avoid being approached by dudes with skewed perceptions of tattooed women’s so-called promiscuity.
If we all did everything in our power to attract men, there’d be a lot more women sporting skirts and prancing around with a luscious mane of long hair, which is something some critics would prefer. But let’s face it – that’s not real life, is it?