ERIC Number: EJ762684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Reference Count: 31
Feminism between the Sheets: Sexual Attitudes among Feminists, Nonfeminists, and Egalitarians
Bay-Cheng, Laina Y.; Zucker, Alyssa N.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v31 n2 p157-163 Jun 2007
To better understand the relation of feminist identification to sexuality, we compared the attitudes of feminist, egalitarian, and nonfeminist undergraduate women (N= 342) in five domains: (a) erotophilia (one's positive affective or evaluative responses to sexual stimuli), (b) sexual assertiveness, (c) perceived self-efficacy for safer sex, (d) sexual satisfaction, and (e) support of the sexual double standard. Significant results of ANOVA analyses included: Feminists were more erotophilic than egalitarians and nonfeminists, egalitarians were the most confident in their ability to be assertive with a partner regarding condom use, and egalitarians and nonfeminists were more supportive of a traditional sexual double standard than feminists. Consistent with Zucker (2004), we argue that a distinctive characteristic of egalitarians is that their acceptance of feminist values with regard to their own sexual lives does not translate into a critique of gendered sexual norms for other women.
Descriptors: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Females, Disease Control, Self Efficacy, Feminism, Assertiveness, Sexuality, Undergraduate Students, Stimuli, Affective Behavior, Satisfaction, Comparative Analysis, Social Values
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