This article from the Huffington Post seemed more than a little disturbing when I read it last night. The study concluded that the language used to describe women, or how to approach and treat women, in men’s magazines like Maxim and Playboy are almost exactly the same as language convicted rapists used to justify their crimes.
When asked to look at some quotes and identify which was said by a rapist and which was from a magazine, some people could not tell the difference at all. When men were asked if they identified or agreed with some of the ideas and thoughts about how to treat women, they were quick to agree when they thought a comment or quote was coming from a magazine, when it was actually from a rapist. When they were told that a quote came from a rapist, they were quick to disagree.
What’s really scary is it’s not just magazines that have this kind of “crossover” if you will. Websites like “askmen.com” are just as bad. (Honestly, askmen.com is probably one of the most misogynist websites I’ve ever seen…)