San Diego, California—A new study has found that even if you don’t have the time to get your hair cut, you can still be a positive role model to women in your social circles.
Researchers surveyed 528 men and women about their attitudes toward the way they dressed for various occasions, such as a business trip or a date.
Men were more likely than women to think that women should wear skirts, which were perceived as revealing or showing off their breasts, while women were more inclined to view a skirt as revealing.
“The findings suggest that women may be more likely to feel uncomfortable wearing skirts in public, especially if they’re wearing clothing that’s more casual, and also that men may not be able to change the way in which they view clothing and are more likely not to dress more conservatively to fit into their social circle,” the researchers wrote in their study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
They went on to conclude that “social support is not the only factor at play in the way that men and boys are dressed and treated differently by social environments.”
The study, which included data collected on 1,003 participants, was conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Utah and the University at Buffalo.
“Our research showed that a strong sense of social support can have a positive impact on how people perceive their own body image,” the authors wrote.
“This finding can help us all recognize that our own body is not only a social construct but a social responsibility that is also our responsibility to respect.”
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