Gender Differences Between Sexual Excitation/Sexual Inhibition

DrakeDrake Acolyte
edited July 2010 in Life
Validation of the Sexual Excitation Sexual Inhibition Inventory for Women and Men (rapidshare)

Sample: Undergraduate and graduate students at Midwestern university.

Some Conclusions (emphasis is my doing):

"The largest and most striking gender difference
occurred on the Relationship Importance factor.Women scored
substantially higher on the factor than did their male counterparts.
There is strong theoretical support, and some empirical
support, for the supposition that women’s sexual arousal is closely
linked to their satisfaction with their partner and their relationship
McCabe (1997) evaluated the differences in levels of intimacy
between sexually functional and dysfunctional males and females
and found women experienced sexual dysfunction even if
only a few intimacy-related domains were lacking. For men,
most aspects of intimacy had to be impaired before dysfunction
occurred. This suggests a stronger relationship may exist between
relationship quality and sexual functioning for women
than for men

"A woman was more likely to consider a concern
‘‘problematic’’ if her partner had difficulty getting aroused or
seemed distracted during sex. Further, women of all ages mentioned
having partners who were not interested in performing
oral or manual sex as often as they would have liked
, perhaps
indicating an imbalance of giving and receiving pleasure."

"Specifically, women were more likely to report enhanced
arousal in response to a partner displaying intelligence,
talent, or social skills than men
. Evolutionary theorists suggest
that women are the sexually selective sex, carefully choosing partners
who appear to be healthy and attractive (as these are
indicators of genetic quality) or who would be likely to invest
in the relationship and offspring (Buss & Schmitt, 1993).
Thus, it would make sense that, compared with men, women’s
arousal might be more strongly influenced by a partner
displaying desirable traits."

"Another significant gender difference was found
with regard to the Setting factor,which contains
items that refer to engaging in sexual activity in an unusual
location or one where others might see or hear. Men scored
higher on this factor than women, indicating that their
arousal was more often enhanced by sexual behavior in an unusual
or unconcealed setting. In one study of men’s and women’s sexual
fantasies (Davidson,1985), several of the most common
fantasies for women included sex in a room other than
the bedroom or sex on a carpeted floor
. The men fantasized
about more exotic and exposed locales, such as sex on a
beach. It appears, then, that in some men and women, adventurous
sex (to some degree) can facilitate sexual arousal; however,
men’s arousal is more likely to be enhanced in settings
that are particularly novel or risky (with regard to potential

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