Women always understand when a man looks at them inappropriately and if you are in a bar, this is a very common thing that a girl notices. Men do pass on gazes to some women after getting drunk. Now, scientists have confirmed that men start looking women as a sexual object after drinking and the study suggests the percentage depending on how drunk the man is and how attractive, warm and competent the woman is professed to be.
According to a Springer study, men under the influence of alcohol are more likely to see women as sexual objects. The study identifies the factors and circumstances that influence men to objectify women. The study involved 49 men; out of which 29 men received two each alcoholic drink to mildly intoxicate them and rest of the men received placebo drinks. All the men who were wearing eye-tracking technology were shown the photos of 80 undergraduate women dressed for a night out and they were asked to rate women on their appearance and personality.
The eye-tracking technology noted which part of the women’s body men was looking at when they were shown the picture. Results showed that men assessed women by focusing longer on their chest and waist rather than their faces especially if they had been drinking alcohol.
Women’s pictures were also rated by an individual panel on their warmth, good-naturedness, friendliness, competence, intelligence, confidence and attractiveness women carried with them.
“The sum of these results supports the notion that being perceived as high in humanizing attributes, such as warmth and competence, or being average in attractiveness provides a buffer that protects women from sexual objectification,” said Abigail Riemer, study lead author.
“Environments in which alcohol is present are ripe with opportunities for objectifying gazes. Adopting objectifying gazes toward women leads perceivers to dehumanize women, potentially laying the foundation for many negative consequences such as sexual violence and workplace gender discrimination.” He added.
The study was conducted by scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.