Wednesday, August 24, 2011

KU dating study latest excuse for egregious stock-photo usage on Internet

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 12:30 PM

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The fall semester has barely started, and already science is back with a don't-send-me-to-the-blackboard boner. Two University of Kansas researchers have just published survey results claiming that sexist men and sexist women are having plenty of sexist sex. Hot!

Jeffrey Hall, an associate professor at KU, and Melanie Canterberry, a social psychology student at the school, report that "assertive courtship strategies are a form of mutual identification of similarly sexist attitudes shared between courtship partners. Women who adopt sexist attitudes are more likely to prefer men who adopt similar attitudes. Not only do sexist men and women prefer partners who are like them, they prefer courtship strategies where men are the aggressors and women are the gatekeepers."

In English, this means two things.

First, if your date can provide the punch line to the joke that starts "What do you say to a woman with two black eyes?" and you both laugh until you spit out your screw-top wine, you're gonna be late for work in the morning. And two, every media mention of this shocking report will be accompanied by stock images of men and women making Cinemax After Dark eyes at each other and engaging in gender-role-reinforcing acts such as the one in this post. (The best so far is here. And by best, I mean creepiest. That cosmo-drinking, V-neck-wearing dude is no chauvinist. You can see the razor bumps on his shaved chest.)

Alternately, stories about Hall and Canterberry's work will come with pictures of cavemen. To wit. Or not so wit.

The full text of the article is available to journalists who request it, says the website of Springer, whose Sex Roles research journal published the piece. Dare we?

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