Women can be their own worst enemies, studies say

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MeToo may have helped men learn how to treat women with respect in 2018, but several new studies indicate women still haven’t learned how to treat each other.A new study published in the journal “Social Psychology” finds that both men and women tend to think more negatively of their sexually active female friends as opposed to their male counterparts.

Researchers asked 4,455 male and female participants from the United States, ages 18-35, to complete surveys — answering questions on their perceptions regarding a close friend whose sexual history they knew. The questionnaire had them assess their friend’s values, likability, success and intelligence.

They found that males who had multiple partners were regarded more positively than females. For women, the more partners they had, the worse their gal pals evaluated them.

“Try to be aware of when you judge people based on their sexual behavior and reputation, and when others appear to be doing the same thing. This is especially important in today’s times, with the increased visibility of things like sexual harassment and assault,” study author Michael J. Marks of New Mexico State University told PsyPostthis week.

In December, related research published in “Evolution and Human Behavior” found that women treat females they view as “sexualized” more harshly than men do.

 

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