Unattractive, promiscuous and heavy drinkers: perceptions of women with tattoos

Swami, Viren and Furnham, Adrian (2007) Unattractive, promiscuous and heavy drinkers: perceptions of women with tattoos. Body Image, 4 (4). pp. 343-352. ISSN 1740-1445

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2007.06.005


This study examined social and physical perceptions of blonde and brunette women with different degrees of tattooing. Eighty-four female and 76 male undergraduates rated a series of 16 female line drawings that varied in 2 levels of hair colour and 8 levels of tattooing. Ratings were made for physical attractiveness and sexual promiscuity, as well as estimates of the number of alcohol units consumed on a typical night out. Results showed that tattooed women were rated as less physically attractive, more sexually promiscuous and heavier drinkers than untattooed women, with more negative ratings with increasing number of tattoos. There were also weak interactions between body art and hair colour, with blonde women in general rated more negatively than brunettes. Results are discussed in terms of stereotypes about women who have tattoos and the effects of such stereotypes on well-being.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 19 May 2008 09:08
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2009 12:19
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/4859

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