Research findings say girls in swimsuit lose intellectual focus

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Researchers in 1998 conducted an experiment where a group of boys and girls in undergraduate course were taken a math test. Offering a choice of clothes—either swimsuit or sweater—the tests were held separately for each gender. In the results, those girl students in swimsuits scored far less than those in sweater. However, the boys performed the same regardless of what they wore. In order to confirm the findings, the researchers ran another test, not in math, of the capacity for focused attention; again found that girls in swimsuit scored lower than those wearing sweaters. Lisa Damour at The New York Times said when girls are prompted to reflect on their physical appearance, they seem to lose intellectual focus. For girls, the swimwear distracts them during the tests due to the absurd beauty standards to which they are disproportionately subjected.