ERIC Number: ED449416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Tactics and Motives of Sexually Aggressive College Women and Men.
Struckman-Johnson, Cindy; Anderson, Peter B.; Struckman-Johnson, David
Previous research findings were used in this study to develop and compare categories of the commonly used tactics and motives of sexually aggressive college women and men. In the collaborative work, 43% of the men and 26% of the women said they had perpetrated at least one act of sexual persistence. Based upon the reports of sexual targets, sexually aggressive women were less exploitative than males. Women were less likely to lie, purposefully get a man drunk for sex, or use a high level of physical force. However, sexually aggressive women appear to be as willing as sexually aggressive men to use the authority of their age to pressure for sex; to take advantage of persons who are already intoxicated; and to block the retreat of a reluctant sexual target. Research has suggested that sexually aggressive males can be characterized by dominant personalities; an adversarial stance towards women; membership in hyper-masculine peer groups; and a preference for casual sex. These characteristics can also define some female sexually aggressive behavior along with two other traits. Some sexually aggressive women are motivated by a desire for romance and intimacy, while others may pressure a man into sex because they misjudged his sexual interest. (Contains 2 tables and 21 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (108th, Washington, DC, August 4-8, 2000).