Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 403–414

Force in Women's Sexual Fantasies

  • Donald S. Strassberg
  • Lisa K. Locker

DOI: 10.1023/A:1018740210472

Cite this article as:
Strassberg, D.S. & Locker, L.K. Arch Sex Behav (1998) 27: 403. doi:10.1023/A:1018740210472


Attitudinal and experiential correlates of sexual fantasies involving force or coercion against the fantasizer were studied in 137 college women. Results revealed that (i) virtually every woman reported engaging in sexual fantasy on a regular basis, (ii) more than half the subjects reported having engaged in a force fantasy, (iii) those reporting force fantasies scored as less sexually guilty and more erotophilic than those not reporting such fantasies. Those reporting force fantasies also had more sexual experience and engaged in more fantasizing of the nonforce type than the other subjects. A history of exposure to sexual force or coercion was unrelated to the report of force fantasies. Taken together, these findings are offered in support of the hypothesis that the occurrence of force fantasies, rather than resulting from an attempt to deal with sexual guilt, represents one of a number of ways in which some women demonstrate a relatively open, unrestricted, and varied approach to their sexuality.


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  • Donald S. Strassberg
  • Lisa K. Locker

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