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Tramp Stamp Study: Men Really Think Women With The Tattoo Are Easy

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Good news, ladies! If you have a “tramp stamp” tattoo, we men really do think you’re more attractive. We also think you’re a slut, according to a recent study.

The soon-to-be infamous “tramp stamp” study was performed by a team of French researchers from the Université de Bretagne-Sud on the beaches of Brittany during the summers of 2008 and 2009.

It found that men think women with tattoos are more attractive and approachable, and that they are more likely to sleep with them on the first date.

Eleven college-aged women rated the most attractive out of a group of 58 visited the beach 20 times during the summer. These uber-hotties wore temporary “tramp stamp” tattoos half of the time. The other half of the time, their skin was spotless as a newborn baby.

When these women were wearing the tattoos, men were more likely to approach and chat with them. Researchers said that men were also quicker in their approach.

The second part of the experiment was simpler: It involved interviewing a group of over 400 men in their 20s who were on the beaches while the 11 women sunbathed nearby.

They were asked two questions: One, how confident they were that one of the girls would go out on a date with them and two, the likelihood of having sex with one of them on the first date. They were also asked to rate each girl’s attractiveness.

The results? The women with the tattoos were more desirable, but also more likely to have sex on the first date.

The study does have its fair share of critics who say that the “tramp stamp” study is incomplete because men were not required to give reasoning as to why they made their choices. Were their selections based on stereotypes? Personal experiences?

The survey also only studied the “tramp stamp,” not tattoos in general.

What do you think of the “tramp stamp” study? Is it just stereotype, or do men think that girls with tramp stamps are fun and easy? Sound off!

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47 Responses to “Tramp Stamp Study: Men Really Think Women With The Tattoo Are Easy”

  1. Elijah Greenleaf

    "…DO NOT MARK YOUR SKIN WITH TATTOOS. I AM THE LORD." LEVITICUS 19:28, THE HOLY BIBLE.

    Tattoos are demonic, unclean defilements DUDs that indicate alcoholism, sadomasochism, and hard drug abuse.

  2. Annette Riggs

    Yea, well good thing not everyone follows the bible then huh?! Elijah! And like you follow everything in the bible.

  3. Angie Harris

    Depends how you are raised. I agree w/ Elijah, but everyone has their own opinion.Just wait till those girls are 70.

  4. Willie Rhodes Fess

    I think studying women in such a way shows a complete and total disregard for women and also degrades the person doing the study. Who are you to decided whether a woman is a good person or a bad person based upon whether she has a tattoo or even whether she sleeps with someone on a first date. Are the men who have sex on a first date a bunch of whores? If the women are then yes..the men most certainly are. Keep your prejudices against women to yourselves and grow up a little. Money spent to study such idiotic bullshit could have been spent on education or feeding people. Get your heads out of your asses.

  5. Arlene G Kelley

    oh please, I have 9 tattoos, no not one is a "tramp stamp" and I am 46 and I will be thankful if I make it to 70, not how my tattoos look then

  6. Lee Diogeneia

    Um, Elijah, I bet if you followed EVERY word in Leviticus, you'd be in jail right now. Give us all a break, please. If you're going to quote the Bible, quote the whole thing. If you're going to use it, use the whole thing… otherwise, STFU and stop judging others. (I seem to remember a passage about that as well.)

  7. Lee Diogeneia

    This study is a waste. Incomplete doesn't even begin to touch it. However, I wouldn't be surprised to see it held up. In a rape-culture country like ours, anything women do to make themselves more attractive is seen as an advertisement for sex.

  8. Arlene G Kelley

    we are also cover by the blood of the new testament, I am a very spiritual person, and one of my tat's are bible based…" only God can judge me"( Elijah Greenleaf, maybe you should look into that uote) and…."blessed"

  9. Holly Crawford

    And to judge someone based upon tattoos on their body is a SIN in itself…John 1 7:9 If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  10. Alycia Carrier

    Wow! That's stereotyping if I've ever seen it!!!

  11. Brandy L. Powell

    You are on crack, I have tattoos, I don't drink, do drugs, I am not I to s and m, I have never been arrested or anything of the kind, and say the quote right. It says do not tattoo or mark your body in honor of the dead. What a jack ass.

  12. Cara Schaeffer

    I actually have a so called tramp stamp and the reason I put it there is 90% of the time it is totally covered and only visible to some one I am in a relationship with.

  13. Christopher Philip Cinquegrano

    Its not somethin I'd want my gf or wife to have , it just looks sleazy , almost like she'd cheat on you. If shes showin a tattoo above her ass she wants men to look at her which would get her aproached. Just not gf or wifey material. To me it says 1 night stand.

  14. Hannah James

    If you are going to argue a Bible thumper, please know what you are talking about! Most times you can use the bible to one up them. ESPECIALLY in the case of tattoos. What is a sin for one is also not always a sin for another…and while it may be a sin in one specific moment, not another. I can have a glass of wine with my dinner and that's it. Where as my brother can not. One drink is not enough for him. The bible says not to give in to drunkeness or cause your brother to sin. One drink for him would be a sin because it is a direct path to being drunk. My drinking that one glass of wine in front of him can also to the same thing by putting the longing in his heart for a drink. We need to grow in grace and knowledge if we are going to promote biblical backing for saying tattoos are good or evil. Try this link to hear scripture you missed out on while quoting the evils of tattoos.
    http://relevantchristian.wordpress.com/2007/06/30/what-does-the-bible-say-about-tattoos/

  15. Sean Kevin Gonzalez

    "Who are you to decided whether a woman is a good person or a bad person based upon whether she has a tattoo or even whether she sleeps with someone on a first date."

    Read through the article 4 times…Could not find where you got this shit. And how you don't find this article at all Misandric, and just anti-woman when it deals with men's PARTIALLY POLLED feedback with huge imputations of malice involved in interpreting the data. This is a joke, honestly, and the person writing it should be fired for coming up with this sensationalistic garbage. Some men find women with tattoos sexy or SEXIER, and very few I know have this idea that a Lower back tattoo makes a woman a slut. Tattoos usually indicate someone who is less hidebound and more of their own person, ready to buck the societal norms.

    I dare anyone to show me ONE study where the majority of men think this is slutty. And then when you're at it, show me ONE article where women have been polled about men and tattoos. This is classic feminist self-vicitmization.

  16. Sean Kevin Gonzalez

    "Who are you to decided whether a woman is a good person or a bad person based upon whether she has a tattoo or even whether she sleeps with someone on a first date."

    Read through the article 4 times…Could not find where you got this shit. And how you don't find this article at all Misandric, and just anti-woman when it deals with men's PARTIALLY POLLED feedback with huge imputations of malice involved in interpreting the data. This is a joke, honestly, and the person writing it should be fired for coming up with this sensationalistic garbage. Some men find women with tattoos sexy or SEXIER, and very few I know have this idea that a Lower back tattoo makes a woman a slut. Tattoos usually indicate someone who is less hidebound and more of their own person, ready to buck the societal norms.

    I dare anyone to show me ONE study where the majority of men think this is slutty. And then when you're at it, show me ONE article where women have been polled about men and tattoos. This is classic feminist self-vicitmization.

  17. Nicole Richter

    Really? When Leviticus was written, the word "tattoo" or it's equivalent was very specifically written in? If our body is a temple…arent we supposed to adorn it? All temples have beautiful paintings and jewels.

  18. David Seghetti

    If you make the choice to get a tattoo where others can see it you also made the choice for them to judge you as they please.

  19. Jenny Crosbie

    Their are nothing wrong with tats doesn't matter where they are, just bc a person has a "tramp stamp" doesn't make her a tramp or easy. people put tats all over their bodies it doesn't matter where. come on people get real!

  20. John Pritchett

    While I do NOT judge women that way, I know plenty of guys who do and have heard them say many things about women who wear the so called "tramp stamp" that they would otherwise not mention (at least out loud) about women without them. The study was on the individual men who were swayed by the mark, not the people doing the study for their own reasons, so why judge them to be prejudice? And for the money spent, it's the French! We do even more idiotic studies here in the US like "Cow's farting" and how many times a turtle has sex in it's lifetime lol!
    You have to admit that people with tattoos are judged differently since decades past only criminals or servicemen got them and the types of tattoos can be easily recognized if someone was in the service, so that tattoo of a tear drop below one's eye or "tramp stamp" won't be confused for someone who was in the service.

  21. Kara Lindberg Buckland

    Yeah to those who feel a girl with this tattoo aren't gf or wifey material, and those who call us tramps: you either A) are just pissy because your lady can't pull it off B) can't get a girl who could or C) are uptight, judgmental, and clueless. I have a "tramp stamp" and have been happily married and faithful for 10 years. I am college educated and never have nor ever will be a tramp.

  22. Rebecca Myers-Schoolcraft

    This might be the stupidest stuff I have ever read. This is about tattoo. I have 7 tattoos 1 being a "tramp stamp" my husband was with me when I got it. We had no clue that's what it was called but we could care less what other people call it. I go to church and they accept me just the way am tattoos or not. Live your life how you want. Stay away from people who will bring you down because tomorrow is never promised. Who cares what the tattoos will look like when you are 70 or 80 at least you actually lived!

  23. Elizabeth Tedore

    If anything, this is a study about the shallowness of men, not the tramp stamp. I have a lower back tattoo. I am not a slut, am happily married and forever faithful.

  24. Jalene LaPradd

    I don't drink, I don't do drugs and I follow the rules, but I have a tattoo not above my butt but I have a tattoo on my side. It doesn't mean I'm demonic or easy it just means I'm showing my personality in body art. The only one who see's my tattoo is my husband.

  25. Natashalynn Hoag

    I have a "tramp stamp" Mine "tramp stamp" is of a Mustang Why? Because I have a LOVE of Mustang the car and ALL horse's. I'm I a tramp I think NOT! I have two kids a happy marriage!

  26. Vanessa Ortiz-Perez

    That's total bull! First of all, I have a "tramp stamp" and I am no tramp. Second of all, I got the tatoo to cover a very ugly scar I had on my lower back. Third, no one but myself and a very few others even know I have a tatoo on my lower back. The fact that women can be stereotyped over a tatoo and where it's placed is ridicullous and offensive. Don't you have more important and productive studies and research to conduct! SMH

  27. Lee Diogeneia

    Dear Mr. Gonzalez, how did it make you feel to call me a name simply because you disagree with my point of view? Do you feel important now? Empowered? I hope you got something out of being rude to someone whom you do not even know. Someone who's entire philosophy you believe is summed up in a few lines on a post. You directed anger toward me for no other reason than I failed to expand my brief comment to include male rape. My apologies. I should have realized that someone like you would hijack my response to make his own SEPARATE statement on a tangent topic.

    I feel sorry for you, for it must be terrible to feel so bitter. If you were raped, I pray that you can heal because I know what the feels like, first hand. Bless you and your crusade, I hope that you are heard and that you can begin to direct your anger in a more useful and responsible way.

  28. Lee Diogeneia

    By the way, I disagree that the world revolves around women. I wonder what planet you live on. In counter to your links:

    This should address the issue of rape in correctional facilities: http://www.alternet.org/story/99987/rape,_torture_and_humiliation_in_women's_prisons%3A_a_global_state_of_crisis

    And for the rest, here are some comparison stats:
    http://www.rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims

    Statistics are very easy to come by, my friend.
    Now tell me, in what countries are men prevented from obtaining education? Let's see some some comparable stats, please. How about, in what countries are men forced to cover themselves from head to toe to avoid "enticing" women? Comparable stats, please.
    In what countries are the traditions, past and present, representative of MEN being property? If that what you mean by the world revolves around women–then I see your point.

  29. Katie Creel

    I have tattoos as well and I plan on getting more. My body is a canvas and I will add to it what I please

  30. Benny Tranbarger

    I agree Willie Fess , A tattoo means nothing , its just that a tattoo.

  31. Shanna Lea

    It's just a tattoo/body art. Nothing more. Everyone is different. Most men get tattoos for image or peer pressure but so many people have tattoos now it doesn't mean anything. Many centuries ago a tattoo meant you were royalty.

  32. Maggie Ingraham

    If a man has a tattoo above his but it is still a "tramp stamp"!!

  33. John Martin

    Women who do this want the attention it brings. I know women who had tattoos that still wanted one in that particular area. The subject may not be deep but the reasons behind it, no pun intended, probably are.

  34. Jazzi Joy

    In my opinion, most men can't be whore's, Why? Whoring consist of little to no work at all, men have to work to get what they want. Women on the other hand don't really have to work. If women want sex most of them don't have to pay for it or work for it, women can just get it (Don't believe me have you ever seen a woman pay for sex from a man? Some out there but not to many). Naturally women are picky as to who they want to be with. Men are too but not as picky as women, because women have more to lose than men.They have to work to be picked out of the bunch. With that being said most men can't be whores just my opinion.Other than that if you want a tramp stamp go and get one. Just know people will judge you based on what you put out there.