Even scarier: You don't even know you're doing them.
Men often misjudge when a woman is interested in them, which leads to an awkward situation and sometimes even harassment! But why is this the case?
A previous study found that it's because men have low risk, but high reward, for trying to sleep with as many women as possible. But a new study finds there are two key factors that make men misread women.
However a new study published in Archives of Sexual Behavior had researchers ask 237 bisexual and heterosexual male undergraduates to look at pictures of women dressed differently and in different situations. They then evaluated their hypothetical sexual interest of the woman on a nine-point scale.
So who did they pick as more likely to be interested in them?
They found men base a woman's interest not on what they say or how they act, but on these two things:
1. You go to a bar.
If the pictured woman was in a particular social environment like a bar, house party, or bedroom then they were picked as the ones who would be interested in them.
2. You show some skin.
Men tend to find ladies who were perceived as "provocatively" dressed as being more likely to be interested in them.
Because, you know, why else would a woman be dressed like that or dare to be in a public space? Not because they just enjoy doing those things for themselves. (*Sarcasm.*)
Ugh hopefully, more studies like this will point out how much change is needed, since many men's perceptions are waaaay off-base.