Gender, Sexual Experience, and the Sexual Double Standard: Evaluations of Female Contraceptive Behavior
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- Kelly, J. & Bazzini, D.G. Sex Roles (2001) 45: 785. doi:10.1023/A:1015640419862
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The purpose of the present research was to compare men's and women's perceptions of female contraceptive behavior and investigate the relationship between sexual experience and these perceptions. One hundred forty-six predominantly Caucasion males (n = 76) and females (n = 70) were randomly assigned to one of three sexual scenarios in which a male provided the condom in a sexual encounter, a female provided the condom, or no condom was used. They were then asked to rate the female on several behavioral and personality measures and to complete a sexual experience scale. Results showed differences in the way men and women perceived the female target. A positive correlation was also found between sexual experience and more favorable perceptions of the sexually-prepared female.