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Feminists' Heterosexual Relationships: More on Dominance and Mating

Feminists' Heterosexual Relationships: More on Dominance and Mating Abstract • The hypothesis that female dominance inhibits mating whereas male dominance facilitates it, and seemingly incongruous findings suggesting that dominant women take more initiative and are more interested than others in sex, are explored through comparison of feminist and control subjects, ie, women who were expected, a priori, to be located at widely separated points on a theoretical dominance continuum. Principal findings are the following: (1) sexual initiative and satisfaction appear to be greater among feminists than others, (2) there is no difference between groups in frequency of coitus in a present (or most recent) sexual relationship, but (3) there is a tendency for feminists to have had less stable first marriages than control subjects. These findings do permit more than one interpretation: the greater sexual satisfaction combined with marital instability among feminists may reflect their energy and willingness to change an unsatisfactory condition, or, in addition, the more general proposition that personal power is associated with positive sexual response in both men and women, so that there is minimal complementarity along this dimension. Both cultural and biologic factors appear to contribute to the relative instability of feminists' marriages. References 1. Abernethy V: Dominance and sexual behavior: A hypothesis . Am J Psychiatry 131:813-817, 1974. 2. Sade DS: Inhibition of son-mother mating among free ranging rhesus monkeys , in Masserman JH (ed): Science and Psychoanalysis . New York, Grune & Stratton Inc, 1968, vol 12, pp 18-38. 3. Bieber I, Bain HJ, Dince PR, et al: Homosexuality: A Psychoanalytic Study . New York, Basic Books, 1962. 4. Stoller RJ: Transsexualism and transvestism . Psychiatry Ann 1:61-72, 1971. 5. Stoller RJ: New advances in sex research . Am J Psychiatry 130:241-251, 1973. 6. Malinowski B: The Sexual Life of Savages . New York, Horace Liveright, 1929, vol 1. 7. Murdock HP: Kinship and social behavior among the Haida . Am Anthropol 36:355-385, 1934.Crossref 8. Titiev M: Old Oraibi, a study of the Hopi Indians of third mesa , in Papers of Peabody Museum of American Archaelogy and Ethnology . Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University, 1944, vol 22, pp 1-227. 9. Rosenblum LA, Nadler RD: The ontogeny of sexual behavior in male Bonnet Macaques , in Influence on the Nervous System: Proceedings of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology . Basel, Switzerland, S Karger, 1971, pp 388-400. 10. Freud S: On the universal tendency to debasement in the sphere of love in Strachey J (ed-trans): Complete Psychological Works . London, Hogarth Press, 1957, pp 177-190. 11. Ginsberg GL, Frosch WA, Shapiro T: The new impotence . Arch Gen Psychiatry 26:218-220, 1972.Crossref 12. McCawley A: Exhibitionism and acting out . Compr Psychiatry 6:396-409, 1965.Crossref 13. Benedek T: Psychosexual Functions in Women . New York, Ronald Press Co, 1952. 14. Deutsch H: The Psychology of Women . New York, Grune & Stratton Inc, 1944. 15. Hariton EB: Women's Fantasies During Sexual Intercourse With Their Husbands: A Normative Study With Tests of Personality and Theoretical Models , PhD dissertation. City University of New York, 1972. 16. Hollender MH: Women's use of fantasy during sexual intercourse , in Marcue IM, Francis JJ (eds): Masturbation: From Infancy to Senescence . New York, International Universities Press, 1975. 17. Horney K: Feminine Psychology . New York, WW Norton & Co, 1967. 18. Maslow AH, Rand H, Newman MA, et al: Some parallels between the dominance and sexual behavior of monkeys and the fantasies of psychoanalytic patients . J Nerv Ment Dis 131:202-212, 1960.Crossref 19. Maslow R: Self-esteem (dominance-feeling) and sexuality in women . J Soc Psychol 16:259-294, 1942.Crossref 20. Lachar D: The MMPI: Clinical Assessment and Automated Interpretation . Los Angeles, Western Psychological Services, 1974, p 9. 21. Loiselle RH, Mollenauer S: Galvanic skin response to sexual stimuli in a female population . J Soc Psychol 73:273-278, 1965. 22. Moulton RO: Some effects of the new feminism . Am J Psychiatry 134:1-6, 1977. 23. Parker S: The precultural basis of the incest taboo: Toward a biosocial theory . Am Anthropol 78:285-305, 1976.Crossref 24. Alper TG: The relationship between role orientation and achievement motivation in college women . J Personality 41:9-31, 1973.Crossref 25. Gilber AL: Impotence as a response to feminism , in Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality . 1976, pp 111-112. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of General Psychiatry American Medical Association

Feminists' Heterosexual Relationships: More on Dominance and Mating

Archives of General Psychiatry , Volume 35 (4) – Apr 1, 1978

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Abstract • The hypothesis that female dominance inhibits mating whereas male dominance facilitates it, and seemingly incongruous findings suggesting that dominant women take more initiative and are more interested than others in sex, are explored through comparison of feminist and control subjects, ie, women who were expected, a priori, to be located at widely separated points on a theoretical dominance continuum. Principal findings are the following: (1) sexual initiative and satisfaction appear to be greater among feminists than others, (2) there is no difference between groups in frequency of coitus in a present (or most recent) sexual relationship, but (3) there is a tendency for feminists to have had less stable first marriages than control subjects. These findings do permit more than one interpretation: the greater sexual satisfaction combined with marital instability among feminists may reflect their energy and willingness to change an unsatisfactory condition, or, in addition, the more general proposition that personal power is associated with positive sexual response in both men and women, so that there is minimal complementarity along this dimension. Both cultural and biologic factors appear to contribute to the relative instability of feminists' marriages. References 1. Abernethy V: Dominance and sexual behavior: A hypothesis . Am J Psychiatry 131:813-817, 1974. 2. Sade DS: Inhibition of son-mother mating among free ranging rhesus monkeys , in Masserman JH (ed): Science and Psychoanalysis . New York, Grune & Stratton Inc, 1968, vol 12, pp 18-38. 3. Bieber I, Bain HJ, Dince PR, et al: Homosexuality: A Psychoanalytic Study . New York, Basic Books, 1962. 4. Stoller RJ: Transsexualism and transvestism . Psychiatry Ann 1:61-72, 1971. 5. Stoller RJ: New advances in sex research . Am J Psychiatry 130:241-251, 1973. 6. Malinowski B: The Sexual Life of Savages . New York, Horace Liveright, 1929, vol 1. 7. Murdock HP: Kinship and social behavior among the Haida . Am Anthropol 36:355-385, 1934.Crossref 8. Titiev M: Old Oraibi, a study of the Hopi Indians of third mesa , in Papers of Peabody Museum of American Archaelogy and Ethnology . Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University, 1944, vol 22, pp 1-227. 9. Rosenblum LA, Nadler RD: The ontogeny of sexual behavior in male Bonnet Macaques , in Influence on the Nervous System: Proceedings of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology . Basel, Switzerland, S Karger, 1971, pp 388-400. 10. Freud S: On the universal tendency to debasement in the sphere of love in Strachey J (ed-trans): Complete Psychological Works . London, Hogarth Press, 1957, pp 177-190. 11. Ginsberg GL, Frosch WA, Shapiro T: The new impotence . Arch Gen Psychiatry 26:218-220, 1972.Crossref 12. McCawley A: Exhibitionism and acting out . Compr Psychiatry 6:396-409, 1965.Crossref 13. Benedek T: Psychosexual Functions in Women . New York, Ronald Press Co, 1952. 14. Deutsch H: The Psychology of Women . New York, Grune & Stratton Inc, 1944. 15. Hariton EB: Women's Fantasies During Sexual Intercourse With Their Husbands: A Normative Study With Tests of Personality and Theoretical Models , PhD dissertation. City University of New York, 1972. 16. Hollender MH: Women's use of fantasy during sexual intercourse , in Marcue IM, Francis JJ (eds): Masturbation: From Infancy to Senescence . New York, International Universities Press, 1975. 17. Horney K: Feminine Psychology . New York, WW Norton & Co, 1967. 18. Maslow AH, Rand H, Newman MA, et al: Some parallels between the dominance and sexual behavior of monkeys and the fantasies of psychoanalytic patients . J Nerv Ment Dis 131:202-212, 1960.Crossref 19. Maslow R: Self-esteem (dominance-feeling) and sexuality in women . J Soc Psychol 16:259-294, 1942.Crossref 20. Lachar D: The MMPI: Clinical Assessment and Automated Interpretation . Los Angeles, Western Psychological Services, 1974, p 9. 21. Loiselle RH, Mollenauer S: Galvanic skin response to sexual stimuli in a female population . J Soc Psychol 73:273-278, 1965. 22. Moulton RO: Some effects of the new feminism . Am J Psychiatry 134:1-6, 1977. 23. Parker S: The precultural basis of the incest taboo: Toward a biosocial theory . Am Anthropol 78:285-305, 1976.Crossref 24. Alper TG: The relationship between role orientation and achievement motivation in college women . J Personality 41:9-31, 1973.Crossref 25. Gilber AL: Impotence as a response to feminism , in Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality . 1976, pp 111-112.

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Archives of General PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 1, 1978

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