Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 269–279 | Cite as

Sexual stereotyping of black males in interracial sex

  • Gary L. Davis
  • Herbert J. Cross


Beliefs about black males' sexuality are pervasive in this society, but little studied. This investigation examined white subjects' perceptions of black and white characters in sexually explicit stories, some of which depicted interracial pairings. The perceptions were then examined in relationship to authoritarianism and sexual repression. Overall results suggest that black males are stereotyped as more potent than white males. The theoretical implications of this finding are discussed.

Key words

sexual stereotypes racial stereotypes pornography black males 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary L. Davis
    • 1
  • Herbert J. Cross
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Minnesota-Duluth School of MedicineDuluthUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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