Gender Differences in Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors: A Review of Meta-Analytic Results and Large Datasets

  title={Gender Differences in Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors: A Review of Meta-Analytic Results and Large Datasets},
  author={Jennifer Petersen and Janet Shibley Hyde},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  pages={149 - 165}
Gender differences in sexual attitudes and behaviors are typically believed to be large, yet recent evidence suggests that some gender differences in sexuality are much smaller than common knowledge would suggest. This article reviews gender differences in sexual attitudes and behaviors as reported by major meta-analyses and large datasets. In particular, this article reviews gender differences in heterosexual intercourse, masturbation, pornography use, attitudes toward premarital sex, and… 
Gender Differences in the Sexual Experiences, Attitudes, and Beliefs of Cypriot University-Educated Youth
Previous studies in various regions of the world have described differences in the sexual experiences, attitudes, and beliefs of men and women. This paper presents results of a survey conducted to
Women Get Worse Sex: A Confound in the Explanation of Gender Differences in Sexuality
  • T. ConleyV. Klein
  • Psychology, Sociology
    Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science
  • 2022
Gender differences in sexuality have gained considerable attention both within and outside of the scientific community. We argue that one of the main unacknowledged reasons for these differences is
Sex Rules: Emerging Adults’ Perceptions of Gender’s Impact on Sexuality
Examination of emerging adults’ perceptions of how being male or female impacts their sexuality and how their perceptions would differ if they were another gender concluded that being older was associated with less negative and more positive emotional tone in men’ and women’s responses respectively.
Sexual Behaviors in Mexico: The Role of Values and Gender Across Adolescence.
Associations between Latino values, sexual guilt, and importance of female virginity were consistently associated with all sexual behaviors among adolescents in Mexico.
How Gendered Attitudes Relate to Women’s and Men’s Sexual Behaviors and Beliefs
Endorsement of a sexual double standard was associated with more conventionally gender-stereotyped sexual behaviors and beliefs, specifically, more sexual partners and fewer perceived barriers to condom use for young men, and more perceived barriers for young women.
Troubling Anal Sex: Gender, Power, and Sexual Compliance in Heterosexual Experiences of Anal Intercourse
Abstract Existing literatures on anal sex mostly focus on links between anal sex and public health, particularly sexual risk-taking. Drawing upon feminist theoretical frameworks, this study linked
Perceptions of Sexual Script Deviation in Women and Men
The results suggest that the negative evaluation of sexual assertiveness was not due to script deviation, but that there is an overall conservative attitude toward sexually assertive behavior.
Age Effects on Women's and Men's Dyadic and Solitary Sexual Desire.
While most studies on sexuality in later life report that sexual desire declines with age, little is known about the exact nature of age effects on sexual desire. Using self-reported dyadic sexual
Power Affects Sexual Assertiveness and Sexual Esteem Equally in Women and Men
Findings add to an emerging literature, suggesting that often-observed differences between male and female sexuality actually reflect power differences, which suggests that such differences decrease with greater social equality.


Gender differences in sexuality: a meta-analysis.
This meta-analysis surveyed 177 usable sources that reported data on gender differences on 21 different measures of sexual attitudes and behaviors and found that gender differences narrowed from the 1960s to the 1980s for many variables.
A meta-analytic review of research on gender differences in sexuality, 1993-2007.
Evolutionary psychology, cognitive social learning theory, social structural theory, and the gender similarities hypothesis provided predictions about gender differences in sexuality, which indicated that men reported slightly more sexual experience and more permissive attitudes than women for most of the variables.
A meta-analytic review of gender differences in perceptions of sexual harassment.
A meta-analysis of 62 studies of gender differences in harassment perceptions found that the female-male difference was larger for behaviors that involve hostile work environment harassment, derogatory attitudes toward women, dating pressure, or physical sexual contact than sexual propositions or sexual coercion.
Gender and Self-Reported Sexual Arousal in Response to Sexual Stimuli: A Meta-Analytic Review
Social constructionist theories and sociobiological perspectives have led to increased interest in gender differences in sexual behavior. This study involved a meta-analysis of gender differences in
Development of sexual orientation among adolescent and young adult women.
The findings suggest that recollected consistency among prior and current behavior, ideation, and attractions are not systematically associated with sexual orientation among contemporary young women.
Is There a Gender Difference in Strength of Sex Drive? Theoretical Views, Conceptual Distinctions, and a Review of Relevant Evidence
The sex drive refers to the strength of sexual motivation. Across many different studies and measures, men have been shown to have more frequent and more intense sexual desires than women, as
Truth and consequences: Using the bogus pipeline to examine sex differences in self‐reported sexuality
Results suggest that some sex differences in self‐reported sexual behavior reflect responses influenced by normative expectations for men and women.
Gender and sexual orientation differences in sexual response to sexual activities versus gender of actors in sexual films.
In this study, the hypothesis that women's sexual orientation and sexual responses in the laboratory correlate less highly than do men's because women respond primarily to the sexual activities performed by actors, whereas men respond primary to the gender of the actors is investigated.
Implicit Attitudes in Sexuality: Gender Differences
The data suggest that at both automatic (implicit) and controlled (explicit) levels of attitudes, women harbor more negative feelings toward sex than do men.
Sexual Identity Trajectories Among Sexual-Minority Youths: Gender Comparisons
Results indicated the value of assessing gender differences in the context, timing, spacing, and sequencing of sexual identity milestones in sexual identity development among 164 sexual-minority young adults.