Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 287–297 | Cite as

The effect of a contraceptive theme on response to erotica

  • Christine Jazwinski
  • Donn Byrne


Undergraduate students (60 males, 60 females) viewed a sexually explicit movie in which a couple engaged in intercourse. Different themes were introduced by prefacing the film with information varying the filmed couple's apparent marital status (single, married) and contraceptive practices (no information, no contraception, contraception via the pill). After viewing the movie, subjects filled out a questionnaire assessing their own affective reactions plus their perceptions and evaluations of the couple. Male subjects reported the greatest positive affect when the film couple was described as single and using contraception, but they also perceived the stimulus couple as caring the least for one another when they were using contraceptives. In contrast, females perceived contraceptive use as positive evidence of mutual caring. These sex differences in reacting to contraceptive use were discussed in terms of the relatively greater tendency of males to separate love and sex than is true for females.


Marital Status Social Psychology Positive Affect Undergraduate Student Male Subject 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Jazwinski
    • 1
  • Donn Byrne
    • 2
  1. 1.Manchester CollegeUK
  2. 2.Department of Psychological SciencesPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette

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