Feminists, relax! You know all that female objectification you’ve been worrying about? Turns out it’s nothing to do with sexism. It’s all to do with with evolution and empowerment and, um, stuff.
Yes, that’s right. There’s been a new study that basically reprises all the old studies about erotic capital and the evolution of sex difference. Once again we’re being asked to believe that what looks like clear evidence of gender inequality – hordes of women getting their kit off while hordes of men do not – is nothing of the sort.
Researchers from the University of New South Wales have found that female sexualisation, in the form of publicly displayed, sexualised depictions of women, is not “a form of gendered oppression” but “an expression of female competitiveness”. Phew! There was me thinking it could be both.