Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 335–343

Reports of female initiation of sexual contact: Male and female differences

  • Peter B. Anderson
  • Ronelle Aymami
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01542122

Cite this article as:
Anderson, P.B. & Aymami, R. Arch Sex Behav (1993) 22: 335. doi:10.1007/BF01542122

Abstract

Women's reports of initiating sexual contact and men's reports of experiencing female initiation were compared. 128 male and 212 female college students were recruited from sexuality classes at three institutions. It was hypothesized that there would be no significant difference between women's reports of initiating sexual contact and men's reports of experiencing female initiation. A chi-square test of significance at the p <0.05 level with an alpha rate adjustment (p <0.002) using the Bonferroni technique was implemented. Of 26 questionnaire items, 15 registered significant differences between male and female reports (p <0.002). Overall, males reported experiencing female initiation more frequently than females reported initiating. Traditional gender roles may influence male and female perceptions of female initiation of sexual contact in a way that contributes to significant differences in reporting.

Key words

female initiationreporting differences

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter B. Anderson
    • 1
  • Ronelle Aymami
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Human Performance and Health PromotionUniversity of New OrleansLakefront Campus, New OrleansUSA