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Women in Red Regarded as Sexually Threatening by Other Women

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How do you feel when you wear the color red? What do you think of women who are dressed in red? A recent study from University of Rochester showed that women may feel sexually threatened when they see another woman wearing red, as they assume that she is a sexual threat.

In the study, the researchers performed three experiments.

First, they showed women pictures of a woman wearing a red or white dress. Actually, they showed the participants the exact same woman wearing the exact same dress but they digitally changed it to red in some photos and to white in others. In all photos the woman’s face was blurred out but she still appeared attractive.

They asked the participants questions like “How interested in sex is she?” and “How seductive is she?” The answers were graded on a sliding scale ranging from, “No, not at all" to "Yes, definitely."

More women said that the woman in the red dress was “more open to sexual encounters" than the one in white, according to ABCnews.com.

In the second part of the study the researchers asked the participants to imagine that they were competing with the woman in the photograph for the attention of an attractive man. They asked the participants whether they thought the woman in the photo would cheat on a man and whether they thought she was well off financially.

Significantly more participants had negative things to say about the woman in the photo, reported the Washingtonpost.com.

In the final part of the study, the researchers changed the color of the outfit from white to green to rule out any perceptions of purity or virginity the participants might have had. Instead of a dress, the woman in the photo wore a blouse but the blouse was sleeveless and strapless so it still showed a lot of skin.

The woman in the photo wearing the red blouse was still rated as more sexually receptive than when she wore the green blouse.

Limitations of the study are whether the responses would be different using different color clothing such as black, which is considered to be a sexy color. Also, the woman in photo was Caucasian and the nationalities of the participants and their ages were not reported.

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