Sex Roles

, Volume 45, Issue 11–12, pp 785–799 | Cite as

Gender, Sexual Experience, and the Sexual Double Standard: Evaluations of Female Contraceptive Behavior



The purpose of the present research was to compare men's and women's perceptions of female contraceptive behavior and investigate the relationship between sexual experience and these perceptions. One hundred forty-six predominantly Caucasion males (n = 76) and females (n = 70) were randomly assigned to one of three sexual scenarios in which a male provided the condom in a sexual encounter, a female provided the condom, or no condom was used. They were then asked to rate the female on several behavioral and personality measures and to complete a sexual experience scale. Results showed differences in the way men and women perceived the female target. A positive correlation was also found between sexual experience and more favorable perceptions of the sexually-prepared female.

sexual double standard sexual experience attitudes toward women 


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  1. 1.Appalachian State UniversityUSA

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