You can’t tell the difference between men’s magazine quotes and those of convicted rapists.

“There is a fundamental concern that the content of such magazines normalises the treatment of women as sexual objects. We are not killjoys or prudes who think that there should be no sexual information and media for young people. But are teenage boys and young men best prepared for fulfilling love and sex when they normalise views about women that are disturbingly close to those mirrored in the language of sexual offenders?”

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 2.41.35 PMAs theorists have explored for years upon years, language can reveal many things about the inner workings of our culture. A study conducted by University of Surrey in 2011 concluded that “lad mags” and convicted rapists use many of the same terms and justifications concerning women, women’s bodies, and power and control. As additional research has proven, young men and women do look to magazines and the media to receive information about relationships and sexuality. Dr. Miranda Horvarth, a member of the Surrey research team, shares: “These magazines support the legitimisation of sexist attitudes and behaviours and need to be more responsible about their portrayal of women, both in words and images. They give the appearance that sexism is acceptable and normal – when really it should be rejected and challenged. Rapists try to justify their actions, suggesting that women lead men on, or want sex even when they say no, and there is clearly something wrong when people feel the sort of language used in a lads’ mag could have come from a convicted rapist.”

To read more about this study conducted by Dr. Miranda Horvarth and Dr. Peter Hegarty, see the University of Surrvey’s website here, and have a look at the video below. (If you are unable to see the video, please refresh your browser.)