December 13, 2011

The Difference Between A Men’s Magazine And A Rapist?

You probably can’t tell:

Researchers gave a group of men and women quotes from the British lad mags FHMLoadedNuts and Zoo, as well as excerpts from interviews with actual convicted rapists originally published in the book The Rapist Files. The participants couldn’t reliably identify which statements came from magazines and which from rapists — what’s more, they rated the magazine quotes as slightly more derogatory than the statements made by men serving time for raping women. The researchers also showed both sets of quotes to a separate group of men — the men were more likely to identify with the rapists’ statements than the lad mag excerpts. The only slightly bright spot in the study: when researchers randomly (and sometimes incorrectly) labelled the quotes as coming from either rapists or magazines, the men were more likely to identify with the ones allegedly drawn from mags. At least they didn’t want to agree with rapists.


  1. Andrew Simone on December 13th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks, Amanda.

  2. Kelsey Parker on December 13th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I scored 14 out of 16 correct.

  3. Michael Smith on December 13th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I gave up after I realized I was just making blind guesses.

  4. Joel Bernstein on December 13th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I got all the rapist ones correct, and all the magazine ones wrong.

  5. Jon Williams on December 14th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    13 of 16. I do not like what this implies about me.