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Tinder, #metoo, and cyberharassment: Evolutionary and behavioural perspectives on unsolicited sexual images

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The internet has enabled the exchange of graphic, sexual images, however there is a fundamental lack of empirical research conducted on the motives for sending self-taken sexual images. The incentives are unknown, as well as the prevalence of the behaviour in general. We created a predictive model for the sending of unsolicited nude images for both men and women.

Our results suggest that, for men, this behaviour is predicted by psychopathy, self-rated mate value, and an accepting attitude towards sending nudes, whereas in women it is predicted by narcissism and a liberal attitude towards sending nudes. We conclude that female senders can be characterised as sex-positive individuals, and that male senders may have darker intentions and motives. This has implications for how this behaviour is viewed in both legal and sexual health contexts.

 

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Dr Sarah Johns received her doctorate from the University of Bristol after completing an MPhil in biological anthropology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and an undergraduate degree in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is a broadly trained anthropologist with research experience in palaeoarchaeology, human reproductive behaviour and the evolutionary psychology of human reproductive decision-making. Her primary research interest is in the variation of the age at first birth in humans, specifically focusing on teenage mothers, and how public health policy and evolutionary theory can be integrated.

 

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