Power, desire, and pleasure in sexual fantasies

  title={Power, desire, and pleasure in sexual fantasies},
  author={Eileen L. Zurbriggen and Megan R. Yost},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  pages={288 - 300}
One hundred and sixty‐two participants (ages 21–45) wrote open‐ended sexual fantasies and completed self‐report measures of rape myth acceptance, adversarial sexual beliefs, and attitudes toward women. We coded fantasies using a newly developed scoring system that includes themes of dominance, submission, sexual pleasure, and sexual desire. Men fantasized about dominance more than women did; they also tended to focus more on the desire and pleasure of their partner. Desire and pleasure were… 

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Results from regression analysis of interview data indicate that the higher the sex role stereotyping, adversarial sexual beliefs, and acceptance of interpersonal violence, the greater a respondent's acceptance of rape myths.