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An NY Times  article called "The Ways of L:ust" purports to relay analyses of how viewing naked or "sexualized" imgaes of people (women, almost entirely) reduces the apprehension of them as full persons, and possibly therefore lowering our apprehension of actrual persons (as opposed to images.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/01/opinion/sunday/the-ways-of-lust.html?ref=opinion

Here's one paragraph;

"This idea has some laboratory support. Studies have found that viewing people’s bodies, as opposed to their faces, makes us judge those people as less intelligent, less ambitious, less competent and less likable. One neuroimaging experiment found that, for men, viewing pictures of sexualized women induced lowered activity in brain regions associated with thinking about other people’s minds."

The second sentence is an equivocation -- people and images of people (at least I assume that the "studies" were of people viewing images not bodies). The last sentence is...precious.  WHo could have guessed this result in advance?

Comments

wild_irises
Nov. 30th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
As a reluctant connoisseur of such studies, I bet you none of them had more than 50 people, including the controls, and none of them were correlated with each other.

So there's almost certainly more to critique than the writing (on which I agree with you completely).