A fresh study claims that men who strongly endorse male sexuality stereotypes and traditional gender-role beliefs are more likely to consent to unwanted sexual activities.
Previous research has indicated that engaging in unlawful but consensual sexual activities is relatively common. However, most research has focused on women''s experiences. The authors of the new study found that it was important to understand the factors that characterize engaging in sexually compliant behaviors among heterosexual men.
Devinder Khera''s B.A. Honors thesis reveals the foundation for Dave''s desire for research into various aspects of masculinity (e.g. gender-roles, male-sexuality stereotypes, and the precariousness of manhood status), according to Khera and his co-author.
Men are depicted as hypersexual beings with unsatisfactory sex drives; they are always ready to engage and engage in sexual activity whenever and wherever. However, research has suggested that sexual compliance rates (i.e., consensual yet undesired sexual activity) in both men and women are comparable, indicating a lack of conflicting evidence.
In the study, 426 heterosexual men (ages 16 to 80 years) completed an anonymous and confidential online survey in which they revealed their motives for engaging in sexual activity consensual but undesired. For example, participants indicated whether they had engaged in undesirable kissing, touching, or intercourse to meet other persons'' needs.
Despite the fact that sexual compliance among men increased by 61 percent in the past 12 months, a surprising majority, according to PsyPost. Both traditional gender-role beliefs (of hegemonic masculinity) and male sexuality stereotypes are predicted.
Men who supported more strongly their traditionally gender-role beliefs (such as the belief that women should be mostly concerned about their childbearing and housekeeping) were more likely to report sexually compliant behaviors due to altruism motives (didnt want them to feel rejected), intoxication (other person encouraged alcohol/drug use to modify your feelings), peer pressure (friends implied they would think less of you for failing to perform it), popularity (though it would make you more popular). sex-role concerns
Men who supported male sexuality stereotypes were more likely to disclose sexually compliant behaviours related to inexperience and popularity, while younger men were more likely to disclose sexually compliant behaviours related to inexperience and peer pressure.
The authors of the study believe that their research might have underestimated how often men consent to unwanted sexual activity.
An unquestionable limitation that emerged from our research was pointed out by a very attentive reviewer. Men in the present sample were not asked whether they had been sexually active throughout the past year, thus, some of our participants may have failed to have the opportunity to be sexually compliant during our data collection (i.e., they were single or not sexually active), according to Khera and Pedersen.
Further, our study did not include a specific measure of sexual compliance that was not related to any reason (e.g., intoxication, inexperience, altruism, etc.) but the possibility of these limitations had resulted in underreporting of sexual compliance by our participants, meaning that heterosexual men may be even more sexually compatible with our findings. These limitations are important considerations that should be addressed in future research in order to determine accurate prevalence rates.
Men are subjected to especially strict standards in order to appear masculine in Western culture, which in turn may be beneficial to their sexual conformity, according to researchers. This is unfortunate, and it is equally crucial to continue to investigate sexual compliance from perspectives and experiences, including those of men, women, and sexual and gender minorities.
Devinder Khera, Amanda Champion, Kari Walton, and Cory Pedersen have been working on this research, titled Why men dont say no.