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Feminists and Attractiveness, and Comprehensive Sex Ed and Teen Pregnancy

March 25, 2008

There are two new studies out that I want to talk about here, but I want to do them justice and will write more tonight. The first examines women’s perceptions of other women’s attractiveness by the judged woman’s BMI and the rater’s self-identification as a feminist (or lack thereof). The second looks at abstinence-only vs. comprehensive sex ed and initiation of sexual activity and teen pregnancy. Both of these are probably going to fall into the “things we were pretty sure about already” category, but from a quick glance there are some interesting tidbits there that deserve more examination than I can give them at the moment (such as that both feminists and non-feminists rated the “underweight” woman as most attractive). Suffice it to say that they’re being reported as “feminists are less judgy about weight” and “comprehensive sex ed is probably more effective.”

Here are the citations, if you have access and want to get a jump on reading the articles:
-Swami V, Salem N, Furnham A, Tovée MJ. The influence of feminist ascription on judgements of women’s physical attractiveness. Body Image. 2008 Feb 13; [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 18280228
-Kohler PK, Manhart LE, Lafferty WE. Abstinence-only and comprehensive sex education and the initiation of sexual activity and teen pregnancy. J Adolesc Health. 2008 Apr;42(4):344-51. Epub 2008 Jan 31. PMID: 18346659

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  1. June 21, 2008 2:16 pm

    I like that NBC is spreading a good message to teens about not getting pregnant. I will have my brothers and sisters watch this show. I think it starts on June 25th at 9pm!

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