It’s been said that creepier photos of women are not really that creepy, but a new study has found that men in high-fashion outfits are still a lot creepier than the rest of us.
According to researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the creepiness factor of high-waisted dresses was found to be stronger than the creep of the men.
“A significant body of research has found men in dresses to be more disturbing and threatening than women,” said Dr Samira Ghosh, a researcher at UNSW’s Institute of Media, Culture and Communication.
“What this means is that it is much harder for women to identify a man who is wearing a dress as a creep than men who are not.”
The creepiness of a woman is so much more powerful, and it is harder for her to see that she is being creeped out by that woman in a high-end suit.
“Dr Ghosh said that while men in dress are still much more likely to be creepy than women in a traditional dress, the creepier the man, the greater the creep.”
As the creep factor increases, it’s also harder for the woman to recognize that the man is creeped-out.
“Dr Samira’s team analysed pictures of the most creepily dressed people in the world.
The research showed that a photo of a person wearing a high waist is more than three times more likely than a photo in a low-cut or normal shirt to be viewed as a creepy photo, while a photograph of a low waist is just one third as likely.”
We also found that women are significantly more likely and more threatening than men in a skirt,” Dr Ghosh explained.”
Women are more likely in their creepiness to see a man wearing a skirt as being a creep.
In a low cut shirt, a man is about one-quarter as likely to get seen as a ‘creep’.
“Dr Ghoshes team analysed hundreds of images of over 2,000 men and women in the fashion industry.
They found that there were two main reasons why men in suits are a lot more creepy than the other way around.”
First, they are much more comfortable in a suit.
They feel more secure in their own skin,” she said.”
Secondly, their suit is designed to hide their figure and they wear it in a way that shows off their arms, legs and head.
“They also wear it because it is perceived as sexy.
The high-collared shirts that are so popular in the US are seen as sexy because they show off their chest and face.””
The high-collar shirts, on the other hand, show off women’s bodies in a more revealing way,” Dr Shah added.
Dr Ghoshi said that this could be because high-cut shirts were designed to show off the bust, so that women felt comfortable wearing high-necked shirts.
“For women, it may also be that the high- collared shirts are meant to show the women’s body in a very revealing way.
The low-collars are meant for women’s curves.”
The study, titled “The Creepy Effect: A Theory of Sexual Harassment and Creepiness”, found that while women’s exposure to the creepily-dressed person in high heels was about one third higher than the exposure to a woman in low-collar or low-waist shirts, women’s creepiness levels in the low-hanging shirts were just one quarter as high.
“This suggests that a high proportion of women’s discomfort in a man’s high-collar or low waist shirt may be linked to their fear of being perceived as sexually harassing or sexually threatening,” Dr Samiras team concluded.