No means no — but not all men get the message, according to a new study. The research shows that men who endorse sexually aggressive attitudes are worse at remembering cues of disinterest from women than are men with more relaxed mindsets about sex.
According to 2000 report by the Department of Justice, 17.6 percent of American women are the victims of a completed or attempted rape at some point in their lives. The finding that sexual aggression is associated with problems processing women’s cues doesn’t excuse these attacks, study researcher Teresa Treat, a psychologist at the University of Iowa, said in a statement.
“But if we can better understand how women’s cues might be misinterpreted, we’ll be better able to address the difficulties of some young men that can result in such negative consequences,” Treat said.
Some rape apology in the comments: “All men have trouble with women’s “cues”. Maybe women should try being more direct like men and just say NO.”