MINA FARID/CNN A new study by a team of Australian researchers has found that women who wear tight clothes and have no accessories, such as necklaces, earrings or scarves, are less likely to have positive attitudes towards gender equality.
The researchers also found that when women wear clothes that are made of material that is traditionally masculine, such a chiffon, they are less willing to support social change.
“There are two ways in which women can be less comfortable with their gender.
One is through the material they wear.
The other is through their clothes,” said Dr Sarah Rind, one of the researchers, in a statement.
“Our study suggests that women’s clothing choices and interactions with men, on the other hand, can have a significant impact on their perceived health, happiness and well-being.”
Researchers found that while a large number of people who have no preference in clothing are actually more comfortable in clothes made of materials traditionally masculine such as chiffons, the same cannot be said for women who do wear clothing that is traditional.
“When we look at our own experiences, we find that women are actually significantly more likely to choose clothes that reflect their gender identity and we also find that there are positive effects for women on their health,” Dr Rind said.
Dr Rind is currently working with her colleague, Professor Helen Cope from the University of Adelaide, on an online study about women’s dress.
They hope to publish their findings in the journal Gender and Society in April.
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