Study: Flirty Texts Thought To Be Flattering When Sent By A Woman Dubbed ‘Harassment’ If Sent By A Man

Double standards exist in many areas of life, but a new study from Southwestern University finds there’s definitely a double standard when it comes to sexting. Researchers asked 122 university undergraduates to read a brief story which described either a woman or a man sending a solicited or unsolicited nude pictures to an acquaintance of the opposite sex. Participants were then asked to describe their perceptions of the scenario. The results showed the majority of participants labeled the sexts from men as ‘sexual harassment,’ while most sexts from women were labeled as ‘flattering.’ Study author Dr. Traci Giuliano says, “This pattern of results is consistent with previous research showing that women tend to have more negative attitudes and outcomes regarding unsolicited sext messages, such as feeling uncomfortable or threatened, whereas men tend to express feelings of flattery. [Also that] men are subject to stereotypical masculine ideals that dictate an obligatory sexual interest in women’s bodies.”