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Abstract

Throughout the struggle for equal rights, attitudes toward appropriate sexual behavior have remained unequal between genders. This study was conducted to examine the existence of the sexual double-standard among college students. Participants were 105 college students, 50 of whom were men. Measures were completed evaluating the perceived risk-taking behaviors, sexual satisfaction, and sexual history of male and female scenario characters, as well as participants own attitudes toward casual sex, sexual anxiety and self-esteem. Results indicated no difference in perceived promiscuity level or sexual satisfaction by scenario characters' sex. However, personal reports did indicate that those scoring high in self-esteem were lower in sexual anxiety than students with low self-esteem. Further, men were more likely to participate in a one-night standard sexual intercourse on a first date than women. In contrast, the genders did not differ in attitudes toward various sexual behaviors.

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