HAMILTON, Ontario, Dec. 6 (UPI) — Women who dress provocatively attract criticism from peers amid fears they are a threat to those in otherwise monogamous relationships, Canadian researchers say.
Researchers from McMaster University in Canada invited students to take part in a discussion on conflict in female friendships, and while the students waited for the discussion to begin an attractive woman entered the room dressed either conservatively or in provocative clothing showcasing her curves and breasts.
The subjects were then recorded with hidden cameras to gauge their reactions, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Tuesday.
“Participants displayed a strong negative reaction to the attractive female when she was dressed provocatively,” study author Aanchal Sharma said. “This almost never happened when she was dressed conservatively.
“In addition, participants were also less likely to introduce the attractive female to their boyfriends or allow them to spend time with her when she appeared sexy, compared to when she wore conservative clothing.”
Sharma called these types of responses “mate-guarding,” characterized as “behaviors intended to prevent competitors’ access to and preserve one’s access to their mate.”