According to a recent study by a British university, readers have trouble distinguishing between excerpts from men’s magazines (FHM, Loaded, Zoo, and Nuts were the British magazines used in the study) and excerpts from interviews with convicted rapists. In many cases, test subjects rated the material from men’s magazines as more derogatory and misogynistic than the things said by convicted rapists.
Purveyors of these magazines often claim, in their own defence, that they love women, that their readers love women, and that it’s all just a laugh. This study puts a little pressure on that claim. Just a little.
Jezebel has more details of the study, including the excerpts used in the test. Can you tell the difference between a rapist and a men’s magazine?