New study challenges the claim that 'looking sexy' is inherently dis-empowering for women

When you see a woman wearing revealing clothing, she isn't necessarily succumbing to the patriarchy. This research found that when women spend time getting dressed up for a date, they actually felt more confident and assertive. These kinds of effects are important and have implications for their behaviour, and shed new light on why the cosmetics and beauty industry is booming.

Read more at PsyPost and see the full article at PLOS One (open source).

Why women take sexy selfies

The Guardian: Sexy selfies may be lucrative – but they won’t overthrow the patriarchy

The Guardian:  Ready, steady, pout … how selfies can help you climb the social ladder

NZ Herald: Research reveals what really compels a woman to take a 'sexy' selfie

Independent UK: Economic inequality, not gender oppression, drives women to take sexy selfies, says study

Melbourne International Film Festival Discussion: The World Online

Dr. Khandis Blake in discussion with Professor Yoshihisa Kashima, Liza Mandelup and Professor Lisa Phillips. Social networking is a global revolution, enabling billions of people worldwide to share experiences and information, create identities for ourselves and maintain and create new relationships. But how has this platform changed us and how we see ourselves? How has it changed how we experience loneliness, friendship, bullying, social anxiety and fame?

Coverage of the research on status anxiety mediating the positive relationship between income inequality and female sexualization

The Daily Mail UK: Dress to impress: Women may wear more revealing outfits when they are trying to climb the social ladder and achieve greater status, study claims

CanIndia: Women’s sexy outfits may reveal status anxiety: Study

Eurasia Review: Income Inequality Fuels Status Anxiety And Sexualization

Millenium Post: Women's sexy outfits may reveal status anxiety