Sex differences, androgyny, and approach responses to erotica: A new variation on the old volunteer problem

Douglas Kenrick, al et al

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Abstract

In Study 1, 52 male and 41 female college students were ostensibly given a choice between a hard-core, "lustful" film and a soft-core, "loving" film. Consistent with predictions, results indicate relatively less approach of the lustful theme film by females. Study 2 was a field experiment in which 43 female and 41 male college students were contacted by telephone and asked to volunteer for an experiment involving erotica or one involving perception of geometric figures. Females were less likely than males to volunteer for a study involving erotica, regardless of whether it was described as hard- or soft-core in nature. Results for Ss who had completed the Bem Sex-Role Inventory indicated that the effect was obtained only for sex-typed (vs androgynous) Ss. The possible influence of S self-selection on laboratory studies in this area is considered. (35 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-524
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • sex &
  • sex role typing, approach to response to erotica in voluntary situation, college students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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