View research View latest news Sign up for updates. One hundred male and female undergraduate students viewed erotic slides depicting a wide range of human sexual behaviors. Each subject rated the stimuli on three criteria: sexual stimulation, liking for the slide, and extremeness of the behavior portrayed. Following the rating session, subjects completed Thorne's Sex Inventory, which theoretically measures psychosexual adjustment. Results indicated that males and females reported minimal sexual stimulation and minimal liking for the slides, but males in general reported greater sexual stimulation and liking than did females.
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View research View latest news Sign up for updates. Recent empirical evidence suggests that males and females differ very little in their response to erotica. Yet public opinion suggests that there are indeed differences: perceived differences. The present study explored two possibilities why these perceived differences continue to exist. One basis for such differences would be that both males and females see males as being more aroused or arousable by erotic stimuli, that is, a pure gender stereotype. The results of the study suggest that the latter process is more typical of males than of females; and that the former process is partially true for females, who tend as well to view all others males and females as being more aroused by erotic stimuli than they themselves are. This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access. Rent this article via DeepDyve.
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Lucy Neville does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Men tend to tilt their heads quizzically to one side. Women tend to respond a little differently. Media producers are starting to catch on: Game of Thrones author George R. But we still live in a society where we are very much conditioned to see the naked male — and particularly the naked penis — as either gross, funny or scary. There is a widespread feeling among many of the women I interviewed that men participate in porn because they like sex — helped by visual cues of pleasure such as erections and ejaculation. For women who like hardcore kink and BDSM, two or more participants of the same gender removes some of the potentially off-putting power dynamics from a scene, and means they can just enjoy the eroticism of the act. Many spoke about how this ability really opens up sexuality as something fluid and playful. There is a line of thinking in feminist discourse, memorably advanced by Simone de Beauvoir , that women are forced from childhood to identify as men, because so many cultural products are designed for men, and women are made to objectify themselves for the male gaze. But for a lot of women I interviewed, this process of switching viewpoints and identities is empowering and exciting.