My buddy said, “Check out the tramp stamp.” The term “tramp stamp” was new to me, and so was its implication that compared to women without body art, those with tattoos are sexually looser. Meanwhile, according to another report, women with tattoos more sexually active, meaning they might, indeed, be more available to men.
Let's explore both findings: Men Think Tattooed Women Are More Available French researchers sent 11 young women, with an average age of 20, to various beaches in Brittany on hot summer days.
The few studies that have focused on men's perceptions of tattooed women have found that these women are seen in a generally light.
One study, for example, asked men to rate a 24-year old woman seen in a photograph on a range of personal characteristics.
The researchers, 20 yards away, discreetly observed what transpired.
Ample research shows that men are sensitive to a range of physical cues in women, such as a low waist-to-hip ratio, larger breasts, effective cosmetics use, revealing clothing, and wearing the color red (which signals sexual receptivity).
And compared to other physical cues, Guéguen notes, research on men's responsiveness to tattooed women has received remarkably scant attention.
In France, where Guéguen is based, about 12 percent of women sport a tattoo.
But only because I don’t find it visually appealing, not out of misplaced snobbishness on my part.
Tattoos are not signifiers of a bad upbringing or a dangerous personality, and it’s a myth that historically they were found solely on the skin of sailors, inmates and other ruffians.