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A new study says your husband shouldn't read lad mags.

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This just in: Guys who read Maxim and other magazines featuring scantily clad women have worse self-esteem than men who don't, according to the results of a new study conducted by the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Why? For starters, men who read these skin mags have poor body image. You know you get a feeling of "ugh" when you skim through the Victoria's Secret catalogue? Well it works both ways. When men look at images of lingerie-clad women, they feel worse about their bodies because they start thinking they need to measure up on the hot-o-meter to snag such a mate -- not that he really wants to leave you for that underwear model, of course!

"Men make the inference that in order to be sexual and romantic with women of the similar caliber they see in Maxim magazine, they also need to be attractive," explains lead researcher Jennifer Aubrey.

Another reason to put his mags in the shredder: Aubrey says lad mags send the message that guys should be having sex 24/7.

"So you have that in your head while you're looking at these magazines. If you want to get as much sex as possible with these types of women, then what's left but the feeling you need to look a certain way in order to do that," Aubrey told LiveScience.

What's more, the study showed that guys with poor body image specifically seek out these girly mags -- and researchers aren't sure why.

"This was surprising because if you look at the cover of these magazines, they are mainly images of women," Aubrey said. "We wondered why magazines that were dominated by sexual images of women were having an effect of men's feelings about their own bodies."

Does your guy read "lad mags"?

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9 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous February 16, 2009, 1:44 PM

Another dumb study.

Dan February 20, 2009, 5:57 PM

Really dumb. I hope women don’t believe that crap.

beth February 24, 2009, 6:13 AM

Really stupid. Guys with poor body image are typically single or with someone not fulfilling their needs so they get what they need from the mags. Maybe you should fulfill that need so he gets rid of them. Take them away and you might as well ask him to find someone else because your putting a band-aid on a bullet wound.

Gene February 27, 2009, 11:05 PM

Many men really should realize that they need to start working on their bodies.If girly mags can do that let’s spread them.

C.M March 9, 2009, 11:49 AM

This study will start some major arguements.Not only that,but it’s sorta inaccurate.More than most men like to look at other women.It’s normal.Hell it’s a fantasy anyway.I bet I’d look that good with the right lighting,3 hrs of make-up and styling,and air-brushing.Besides you can’t cheat with a mgazine.I’d rather my husband buy or look at a Maxium,which is NOT Playboy people(not that it matters b/c it’s a FANTASY,none of those women look like that in real life)than go to a strip club or cheat.I also don’t believe that men with low self-esteem buy these magazines.All types of men do.I’ve known hot men who have been financially comfortable laying these things around.Finally,I believe that the writer may be involving her personal feelings in this.It’s not nice to lead other women to believe that viewing these magazines lead men to want women that look like that and that they need to have sex all the time.Yeah,it may turn them on,but it’s probably forgotten in moments and if not,hey,who cares.Women fantasize too.So if you want him to stop looking at girlie mags,maybe you need to throw out your innocent,famous-crush paraphenlia! =)

Anonymous March 22, 2009, 9:52 PM


sp March 24, 2009, 11:20 AM

What does it mean when your boyfriend doesn’t ever want sex and buys bodybuilder mags that have some unrealistically beefed up man on the cover? And yes, they do have a few scantilly clad muscular women in them.

Roxanne March 25, 2009, 4:11 AM

Every night my ex-husband needed a new perfect looking spread eagle printed picture from the internet, XXX video, XXX magazine, etc. of an 18 to 21 year old woman in order for him to get off. I wish he would have told me about that before I wasted my time and money on a wedding. I was told by other guys that I was cute and hot, but apparently my ex-husband grew bored of me real quick. Things were over soon after the honeymoon. Communication really is the most important element of a relationship. If he would have been man enough to tell me what was wrong with him; my life would have been easier. Ladies beware, if your man tells you he is writing computer programs, watching sports, spending time with guy friends, he might be satisfying his lust with himself. His problem was a real learning experience.

Q May 23, 2009, 10:12 PM

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