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Sex Roles

, Volume 60, Issue 5–6, pp 357–365 | Cite as

Common vs. Uncommon Sexual Acts: Evidence for the Sexual Double Standard

  • Peter K. JonasonEmail author
  • Michael J. Marks
Original Article

Abstract

The lack of consistent evidence for the sexual double standard may be related to the rather benign nature of the heterosexual behaviors often studied (e.g., casual sex, premarital sex). College students from the southwestern U.S. evaluated targets who engaged in mixed-gender threesomes (where three people engage in simultaneous sexual acts; Study 1: N = 120) and targets in a monogamous sexual relationship (Study 2: N = 105). Evidence for the sexual double standard was found via effects of targets’ gender among those who engaged in threesomes. Targets who had monogamous sex were evaluated more favorably than the targets who engaged in threesomes. We suggest that the sexual double standard may still exist for uncommon sexual behaviors.

Keywords

Sexual double standard Gender differences Threesomes Act-frequency Person-perception 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Pamela Izzo, Laura Madson, Danielle Popp, and Gregory Webster for help in preparing this manuscript. Thanks also to Mary Gourley for help collecting data.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA

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