Sexuality & Culture

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 169–182

Sexual Attitudes and Double Standards: A Literature Review Focusing on Participant Gender and Ethnic Background

  • Madeleine A. Fugère
  • Carlos Escoto
  • Alita J. Cousins
  • Matt L. Riggs
  • Paul Haerich
Review

DOI: 10.1007/s12119-008-9029-7

Cite this article as:
Fugère, M.A., Escoto, C., Cousins, A.J. et al. Sexuality & Culture (2008) 12: 169. doi:10.1007/s12119-008-9029-7

Abstract

We conducted a review of literature regarding sexual attitudes and double standards, focusing on participant gender and ethnic background. We found that men had more permissive sexual attitudes than women, and that African Americans had the most permissive sexual attitudes, followed by White Americans, then by Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans. The literature regarding sexual double standards was mixed; some studies showed evidence of continued sexual double standards and some studies showed the absence of sexual double standards. In some studies, men were more likely to endorse the sexual double standard than women. We found only one article addressing sexual double standards using ethnic background as a quasi-independent variable; this research revealed that non-North American (Russian and Japanese) samples were more likely to endorse the traditional double standard, that sex is more acceptable for men than for women.

Keywords

Sexual attitudes Double standard Ethnicity Gender 

Copyright information

© Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Madeleine A. Fugère
    • 1
  • Carlos Escoto
    • 1
  • Alita J. Cousins
    • 1
  • Matt L. Riggs
    • 2
  • Paul Haerich
    • 3
  1. 1.Eastern Connecticut State UniversityWillimanticUSA
  2. 2.California State University San BernardinoSan BernardinoUSA
  3. 3.Loma Linda UniversityLoma LindaUSA

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