Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp 583–592

Men's and women's reactions to sexually explicit films: A serendipitous finding

  • Elaine Hatfield
  • Sue Sprecher
  • Jane Traupmann
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01541924

Cite this article as:
Hatfield, E., Sprecher, S. & Traupmann, J. Arch Sex Behav (1978) 7: 583. doi:10.1007/BF01541924

Abstract

We proposed that men and women would be “turned off” by watching men and women like themselves engaged in sexual activity and “turned on” by watching someone of the opposite sex engaged in the same activity. We tested this hypothesis by showing college men and women eight films: films depicting male and female homosexuality, male and female masturbation, and males and females engaged in heterosexual intercourse. We assessed men and women's reactions via the Byrne-Sheffield (1965) Feeling Scale and Griffitt's (1975) Physiological Arousal Scale. We found support for our hypothesis. We also attempted to determine whether men and women differed in how easily they became aroused by sexually explicit films. We found that they did not.

Key words

homosexuality masturbation heterosexual intercourse Byrne-Sheffield Feeling Scale Griffitt's Physiological Arousal Scale 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elaine Hatfield
    • 1
  • Sue Sprecher
    • 1
  • Jane Traupmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Faye Mc Beath Institute on AgingUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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