Women with coloured hair and tattoos seem to be judged differently to those without. In fact, some people think women who dye and bleach their hair are toxic and lethal (spoiler, they are not). And it seems there are stereotypes made about women who are inked too, namely that they are more sexually open. In a study conducted by Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Canada, researchers wanted to study how accurate a stereotype that women with tattoos are more sexually open is and what factors may contribute to sexual openness. But the purpose of the study wasnt to just identify whether women with tats are just more thrill-seeking but rather whether they exhibit higher levels of egalitarianism – the belief that all people are equal – and whether this contributes to sexuality. Interestingly, lead authors found that, of the women studied, those with an inking did show more of a willingness to engage in uncommitted sexual relations. They also found that inked women had higher endorsements for egalitarianism.
However, the scientists noted that there is still more to know about this cohort. Their sample size was not huge and the study also featured Canadian women. A sample of 814 women, both tattooed and non-tattooed, were recruited through a Western Canadian university research pool and various social media outlets to complete an online questionnaire assessing these attributes.
The study found that women with tattoos reported greater willingness to engage in uncommitted sexual relations, as well as higher endorsement of egalitarianism and sensation-seeking, relative to non-tattooed women. But researchers speak critically of the findings that body tattooing is an indicator of sexual openness. They theorise that it is influenced by contemporary beliefs about femininity and sexuality.
The study has been shared on Reddit where users claim it to be true from personal experience. Whether you agree or disagree with the claims, lets not forget that one study doesnt speak for all tattooed women. And physical attributes are not a substitute for verbal consent.